Wrinkles of the City: Rethought - Berlin

 

"Eye on You"  Wrinkles in the City - Berlin  

© Dustin Main 2013

 

While most so-called "street art" is barely a hair more special than comic-sans is to the font world, on occasion you do stumble upon something special.  

World-renowned French street artist "JR" recently put his artistic stamp on the walls of Berlin with his project "Wrinkles of the City."  

 "It's about old people, with wrinkles, pasted on walls with wrinkles... with history" - JR  

Five years and four cities later, it was Berlin's turn.  It starts with photos of elderly citizens in the city itself, then listening to their stories, and it ends with paste onto the walls of the city itself.

After being turned onto the project by the folks at EyeEm, I took to the streets myself to catch what I could before they inevitably came down.  

What it means is up to you.  For me, it's about a changing of the guard, old vs new, history vs future, a contrast of black and white (with shades of gray).  All of these things also speak about the state of Berlin and the direction the city itself is going.  The elderly who have lived the history will be passing just as the old buildings are coming down for new development.  The drab look of many buildings of the past is changing with fresh paint still drying on bright, new buildings and new designs around town.

It's not about good or bad.  It just is. 

These are my interpretations of his project. 

 

"Stop to Smell the Roses"  Wrinkles in the City - Berlin  

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"Duck & Cover"  Wrinkles in the City - Berlin  

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"Alive"  Wrinkles in the City - Berlin  

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"Basking in the Glow"  Wrinkles in the City - Berlin  

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"In the Air"  Wrinkles in the City - Berlin  

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"Like No One's Watching"  Wrinkles in the City - Berlin  

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"Hitchcock"  Wrinkles in the City - Berlin  

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"Watching"  Wrinkles in the City - Berlin  

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"Watched"  Wrinkles in the City - Berlin  

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"City Nights"  Wrinkles in the City - Berlin  

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"Lean on Me"  Wrinkles in the City - Berlin  

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"Peek-a-Boo"  Wrinkles in the City - Berlin  

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"What Are You Doing?"  Wrinkles in the City - Berlin  

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Thanks to Annick and David for the help in tracking down all of the pieces.    If you liked this, check out my other posts on Berlin and street art.