Brandenburg Gate Street Piano

What happens if a lonely piano is standing around in public? After some examining, people are starting to play on it and you will get a big plus, if you can actually play something that doesn’t sound like as if you are hitting the keys with only two fingers.

Listen!

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Berlinale 2011, The Exhibition

Berlinale 2011 is over. During the last week 18 young photographers received the opportunity to experience working as professional photojournalists to show us this years Berlinale through their eyes, or should I say, through their cameras?

All the works were gathered at the C/O Berlin gallery and Dieter Kosslick himself opened the exhibition “Close Up!”.

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Berlinale 2011, Hollywood in Berlin

The City of Berlin has placed a 14 meters high and 53 meters wide Hollywood Sign in the middle of the Tiergarten between the Brandenburg Gate and the Potsdamer Platz.

The Holly- wait.. there is only one L? Oh boy, something went terribly wrong…

Just kidding, the Holywood Sign is a creation by the artist and filmmaker Ralf Schmerberg and part of a Climate Protection campaign, to plant 10.000 new trees all across the City.

So from now on, it’s “Welcome to HolyWood”.

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Proto Anime Cut Exhibition Berlin


The Künstlerhaus Bethanien has a new exhibition, the Proto Anime Cut – Spaces and Visions in Japanese animation, with original drawings of the most important directors and illustrators of Japanese animated films.

The exhibition includes work by Hideaki Anno (director, Neon Genesis Evangelion), Haruhiko Higami (photographer), Koji Morimoto (director, Dimension Bomb), Hiromasa Ogura (art director), Mamoru Oshii (director, Patlabor, Ghost in the Shell, Innocence) and Takashi Watabe (layout).

A fascinating journey into the world of Japanese anime artists.

The exhibition was held until the 6th of March 2011 at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Kottbusser Str. 10 Berlin.

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Le Museum de Paris Bar

Three pieces of the Berlin Wall were placed in front of the famous Paris Bar in Berlin’s district Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf.

The Paris Bar is a place where artists, writers, journalist and film stars typically congregate and where Iggy Pop once gave a Rolling Stone journalist a blitzed interview that ended with him rolling around on the sidewalk out front. The French bistro has been a local favorite since it cheered up the postwar years in dismal bombed-out Berlin.

The pieces, each 3,60 meters high and 1,20 meters wide, were designed by the owner himself, of course, the owner of the Paris Bar, not the Berlin Wall.

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The Largest Mosaic Picture of the World

The City of Berlin has just set a new World Record for the largest mosaic picture of the world.

Berlin Tempelhof Airport – 150 people created, with over 6400 garbage bins, a picture of a polar bear walking on an ice floe. The world record is part of a new waste separation and recycling campaign to prevent the creation of CO2. The campaign started on September 18th.

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Imagine… John Lennon Street Piano

Imagine there’s no heaven, above us only sky…

After the Streetpiano Festival earlier this month, all pianos were placed at different locations in the city. One of these painted instruments is located on an airfield at the Tempelhof Airport in the middle of Berlin.

The piano was painted with famous quotes from John Lennon, one of the founding members of The Beatles.

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Streetpiano – Piano Music meets StreetArt

Piano Music meets StreetArt.

Last weekend, I took a walk through Berlin’s Mauerpark, a public park in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district near some remains of the Berlin Wall and I discovered a couple of fancy painted pianos standing around with street artists working on them.

After I gathered some information, I now know that the whole thing was the start of a new event. During the next three weeks, these pianos are placed on different locations in Berlin and everyone is invited to play on them.

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Sandsation 2010

For the 8th time, Sandsation is back in Berlin with over 20 sand artists (called carvers) from all over the world (You may remember last year’s event). This year I had the chance to see the artists live in action.

But, what kind of sand do they use?

Well, the sand has been compressed into a material much like a soft sand stone, it also has a little “silt” content, so it wouldn’t work with normal beach sand.

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