Berlin's East Side Gallery: The International Memorial of Freedom

by Lindsay Shapka in , , ,

hen the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, artists came from all over the world to create spontaneous works of art on a remaining, still-standing section of it. This section is now the longest surviving stretch of the wall and its 1.3 kilometers are covered in approximately 106 paintings, making it the LARGEST outdoor (free) gallery in the world.

In 2009, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall, the original artists were called back to Berlin to repaint and repair their works that had been long exposed to the elements and vandals.

These photos show details from some of the restored artworks including part of a famous portrait of the Soviet leader Brezhnev kissing GDR leader Erich Honecker and a Trabant car seemingly bursting through the concrete.