25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, there are still original pieces left of the infamous bulwark that had divided Berlin and Germany for 28 years. On an overgrown industrial wasteland in Teltow, just South of Berlin, numbered pieces are now available for artists to purchase and decorate. Anyone can apply online for one of the numbered Wall pieces that come at a cost of Euro 500. If approved, the artist has six month to paint his or her piece on the premise - and as often as desired - and then sell it on a profit share-basis or take it home. The new owners are, of course, responsible for the transportation of their three-ton piece of history and art.
The project is the brain child of Elmer Prost, who, 25 years ago, had brought the pieces to the warehouses of his cement factory. After his company closed, Prost decided to give artists the opportunity to paint the original 3.9 x 11.8 foot concrete pieces.
Street artist Thierry Noir, who is known for his fat-lipped colorful figures, already decorated one of the pieces and secured another four: “Sometimes families come and paint together and then put their piece in their garden,” Prost says. Museums and schools all around the world also always show interest in the historical relics. To sign up, go to the website www.mauerteilebemalen.de (in German).
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