Snapshot Saturday: Street art for pedestrians

Berlin is the home of street art and creative graffiti.  If you’ve been following my posts, you’ll already have glimpsed the East Side Gallery: though that is planned and curated.

Away from the city centre, street art is so much a part of Berlin life that walking tour companies vie with each other to show visitors the edgiest and grittiest current manifestations of this vibrant art form.  Even big companies climb on the band wagon.  Back in the early years of this century, Nike paid for this piece.

I didn’t realise this is a Nike advert. So that didn’t work then…..

Somehow, global companies making use of a movement powered from the bottom up seems slightly to be missing the point.

Using spray cans; re-purposed fire extinguishers; transfers from images shot in night clubs, applied to city walls then doused in glitter, street artists come out at dead of night to brighten up favourite haunts. Bands of graffiti artists have thousands of followers on YouTube.

You, like me, can simply be a curious pedestrian in the streets of Berlin. Can you spot the example of yarn bombing?

This is a response to this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: ‘Pedestrian’.

Author: margaret21

I'm retired and living in North Yorkshire, where I walk as often as I can, write, volunteer, and travel as often as I can.

24 thoughts on “Snapshot Saturday: Street art for pedestrians”

  1. What a fantastic gallery of powerful art and images. The art is gritty and vibrant as you say. Being a curious pedestrian on these streets proves to be an excellent response to this week’s photo challenge 🙂

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  2. I really enjoyed this post. Your images drew me in, especially once I looked at them one at a time, in larger size. Great take on the theme.


  3. Certainly worth strolling around the city. Political and entertaining. Love the orange caterpillar. Yarn bombing does not to seem to have caught on here in Canada. I expect the city fathers or the rightful right would voice their objections. Great post. Cheers.

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  4. Love the idea of yarn bombing – has a vibrant immediacy without a care for permanence. Honestly, the big brands jump on every passing bandwagon. Can’t actually sponsor some authentic street work in case the message isn’t clear – oops looks like that’s what happened! 😉

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