Berlin Wall at Teltow Kanal: unknown pieces of Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall can sometimes be hard to find. But if read the guides and books on the Berlin Wall you know where to look. Although, not always. Sometimes you bump into unknown pieces of Berlin Wall. Such as the ones nearby the Teltow Kanal.
Unknown pieces of Berlin Wall at a Berlin construction site
East Side Gallery, Potsdamer Platz and the Mauerpark are well known places to find pieces of Berlin Wall with spectacular graffiti art. To bump into an unknown piece of Berlin Wall is quite exciting. We have been exploring Berlin for quite a while and know a lot about the history of the Berlin Wall and where the best pieces can be found. So it was quite a surprise when we read an article about Berlin Wall pieces on a construction site near the Teltow Kanal. Apparently, the building company that owned the Berlin Wall pieces in Teltow, had been stashing the concrete pieces for years on their grounds. Nothing happened with it for years. The pieces were part of the Berlin Wall in Mitte and Spandau and the company bought the pieces because it was the perfect material to stash bulk material. And they simply kept it. Every now and then they let artists paint some pieces of Berlin Wall, and shipped them to New York, Tokio or Austria.
East Side Gallery at Teltow
Decades after the Berlin Wall came down the manager of the company became inspired by East Side Gallery and let several artists paint the pieces of Berlin Wall on the construction site for 500 euros a piece. They had to find a buyer themselves. Thierry Noir, the famous artist that painted the Berlin Wall for the first time and which images of large heads with one eye can also be found at East Side Gallery painted a few here as well. They are now in a South Korean park, in the city of Uijeongbu. Other artists painted their heroes on the concrete, such as Nelson Mandela. Some painters chose to depict dictators, such as the former president of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But a lot of artists simply just doodled on the former Berlin Wall.
Visit at Teltow’s Berlin Wall
Finding the Berlin Wall at Teltow is not easy. The Oderstrasse, where the construction site is, has no street signs. So it took us a while to spot the right street and building. What gave it away? A fence that was pulled over. And a piece of Berlin Wall that was used to block a missing piece in the wall of the company. It’s a weird place to visit. It looks abandoned, because of the state of the buildings. The walls are battered and there is a lot of graffiti. The concrete decks on the ground are overgrown with grass. Some men with dogs are wandering around as well. Nelson Mandela or Ahmadinejad were nowhere to be found. Still, it was quite exciting. Because normally, if you walk near the Berlin Wall it is difficult not to bump into tourists from all over the world. Especially at East Side Gallery. But at Teltow, you walk all by yourself.
Lost pieces of Berlin Wall
The pieces of Berlin Wall we found were pretty rough. Some had nice graffiti, with small kids and the words ‘Berlin’ written on them. Others had kids doodles on them. Cracked toilet seats were thrown between the pieces of Berlin Wall as well. At Teltow, you can see what the Berlin Wall would look like if no one would have cared about what to do with the remainders of the history of the Cold War. They simply look like pieces of concrete. And that is exactly what is was, before the Berlin Wall came down in 1989. Hated pieces of concrete that needed to get rid of as quickly as possible. Those pieces are saved from the grinder, because they helped stashing raw materials. And although it’s nice to see them all by yourself, it would be so much nicer if they were not kept in such a desolate place in Berlin…