The list of artists who have been lucky enough to work on these walls reads like a veritable who’s who of international street art, from Mexico (Adry del Rocio) to Scotland (smug), with plenty of homegrown talent (Die Dixons, Acute) involved as well. Throw in stars like James Bullough, ABS Crew, Bandits, Millo, Insane51 and others and you have yourself a very special artistic celebration indeed. Another spot of special interest is the art park at Lake Tegel, where Urban Nation and Berliner Leben came together to add a new spark to six skyscrapers. These are some very special works of art.
Street art in Berlin is more than a marriage between colour and concrete. It is expression, excitement, expectation and exaltation, a chance to bring the thrill of aesthetics into what was drudgery, injecting life into neglect. We’re not going to say that it is the most vital form of artistic expression, but we’re not going to disagree with anyone who wants to make that point. The dates for Mural Fest 2021 have yet to be announced, so keep both eyes peeled for that. In the meantime, do all you can to catch the previous years’ murals before it is too late.