Public Art in Berlin
Public Art in Berlin-Lichtenberg – Christian Awe paints Frankfurter Allee:
In March 2012, the housing development company HOWOGE selected Christian Awe from a competition of six artists to realize a 500sqm mural on the facade of a socialist-style housing complex on Berlin’s highly frequented Frankfurter Allee. In view of Berlin’s TV tower, the mural conceptualized by Awe will create a unique new panorama for one of the main traffic arteries into the city-center. The mural on the housing complex – characterised by their isolated locations, their grey facade and their institutional structures – will represent a spark of color, energy and life for the neighborhood. It will highlight the importance of the public space and spark an exchange about the role of public art within the city and within housing complexes in particular. As such, the colors conceived, especially the blues and lighter center, invoke associations with the skies, freedom and aspirational yearning. Red and orange lines represent sparks of energy and creativity which make up the rich heritage of Berlin, and of Lichtenberg in particular.