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The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

The Memorial 

the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Located between the Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz is the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.  Peter Eisenman, the designer of this memorial, created a plan that would consists of the Field of Stelae standing on 4.7-acre site. This Field of Stalae, consist of 2,711 concrete slabs, which are 7’10” long and 3’1” wide but vary in height (8” to 15’9”).  Eisenman wanted to create a design that would produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere aiming to “represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason”. As the viewer begins to move through the piece, they begin to see that these tall structures are placed on a sloping ground.  The combination of the growing evenly placed slabs on a slopping field certainly contributes to the an anxious feeling one can get when entering this site.

** I had a video of me walking through it but am having trouble uploading it. Sorry

Memorial

For more information on this memorial: http://www.stiftung-denkmal.de/en/memorials/the-memorial-to-the-murdered-jews-of-

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Where it stood

Where it divided

On a walk back from the U-bahn found this on the ground. Bricks and a plaque laid to show where the Berlin Wall stood.

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Location, location, location

I arrived in Berlin early saturday and spent the weekend exploring the city blind. Blind in the sense that I was not familiar with the exact historical location of exactly where I was. I knew I was close to where the wall stood, but little did I know how close I was.

On monday, the other participants of the program and I were given a guided tour of the city. On this tour we were show the locations of a few spots we could buy supplies andfabricate some of our work. More so on this walk around the city, we were enlightened to exactly where we were staying. We would stay for the next 6 weeks were within a few yards of the wall. I could have gone out on my balcony and without have to strain my eyes see the wall. Had I been saying here 40 years ago, I would have been in East Berlin. Berlin

We stood on a bridge between what was the diving point for East and West Berlin. Looking toward my left and my right, there was one site that showed the differences between the two locations. It was not loud and had it not been pointed out it would have gone unnoticed possibly forever by me. There was no loud sign, no graffiti demonstrating opposition. Instead the difference between the two sides were shown through the street lights.   The lights of the west were much like the street lights we’ve would more likely see US. A sign of western culture most  likely put in by an american company. The street lights of the East we simple in their design, a box light on top of a pole.

I found it interesting how through the subtle differences of something so simple laid a much more complex story. The more I found out about where I was and the history it held, the more I saw the subtle differences of the opposing sides. This began to make me more curious about the other silents signs of the cities recovery and history I was missing.

West Berlin Streetlight

West Berlin Streetlight

East Berlin street light

East Berlin street light