The East Side Gallery is the remains of the well known Berlin Wall which was first erected in 1961 to divide the east and west Germany. This wall was built in Berlin, dividing the east and west of the city, and subsequently dividing other parts of west of the country too. This wall was finally broken down in 1989, uniting the east and west Berlin for good. Today the remains of this wall stands as a symbol of the division that took place in 1961, for the next 30 years, dividing so many families. And, finally the success of breaking it down to make a better life for a united Germany.
The wall has been painted by many artists from all over the world expressing their views of the political situation concerning the wall. The wall when created, was around 15 feet high, and ran for hundreds of kilometers, closing down a lot of check points to enter into west Berlin. There are now remains of the outer and the inner wall. The outer wall faced east Berlin, and this is the side where the artwork is showcased today. The inner wall faced west Berlin. The gap between the two walls was known as the “Death Strip” with barbed wires, electrified wires, vehicle barriers, around 300 watch towers, to kill who ever tried to cross the wall.
There is very little artwork done on the inner walls, and there is hardly any bit of the inner wall left. But this area, and the entire length of the wall does connect you to the hardships faced by so many people right after WWII. A lot of the artwork makes you feel the sorrow and the grief that people might have faced back then. You can feel pain of the freedom to choose their own life being taken away through some of the artworks. Solely, because of this one wall.