The peeling layers of paper, the monochromatic stenciling, and the bright pops of color add so much character to the walls of Berlin's Mitte.
As an artist, I find the concept of street art very intriguing because of its transformative nature. When I traveled to Tel Aviv in 2012, I photographed my sister in front of a wall covered in designs of text and red hearts. A few months later when I came across a photograph of that same wall looking very altered, I somehow felt jolted by its change. What must it feel like for the artist to see their creations constantly transformed in such a way?
After a day of visiting monuments, it was refreshing to see a neighborhood that was not completely covered with tourism. Something which I really enjoyed seeing, but only took a few (blurry) iPhone photos of, were all of the newly constructed brick and glass buildings amidst the older, more run down structures. The next time I visit Berlin, I would like to return to this area to spend more time exploring the neighborhood and shopping in its fashionable boutiques.