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Berlin Wall Graffiti In 1976 East German Border Troops begun to erect a new typ of Wall in Berlin, the so-called 'Border Wall 75'. This concrete Wall was 3.60 meter  (11.81 ft) high and white painted. Although painting was not allowed, the complete Wall system was on the territory of East Berlin, many artists begun to paint on the Western side of the Wall in the beginning of the 80s.
 
Artists like Thierry Noir and Keith Haring discovered the Berlin Wall as the world's longest canvas which had to be painted.
Many known and unknown artists painted on the Wall in the following years and the paintings were often painted over within hours or days. The Wall art was not protected, everybody could paint on the Wall. On the Western side of the Berlin Wall the Wall was colorful whereas the Eastern side was white or grey.
 
After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 the Eastern side of the Wall was also painted by artists.
 
Today only a few painted sections of the Eastern side of the former Berlin Wall still exist at Potsdamer Platz, East Side Gallery at Mühlenstrasse and in the Wall Park at Bernauer Strasse.
 
Painting on remaining sections of the Wall has become very difficult. The Wall at East Side Gallery has been listing and painting is prohibited. The existing paintings shall not painted over, however sometimes artists try to paint on East Side Gallery without permisson.
 
At Bernauer Strasse the City of Berlin takes care that the former Wall remains grey.
 
The only sections which are painted regularly are located on the Wall Park at Bernauer Strasse.
  
Unknown Artists:
  
Berlin Wall Graffiti Photographs
  
Known Artists:
  
East Side Gallery Photographs
  
External sites:
  
Art Crimes Berlin Wall pictures, about 1985
  
Berlin Barriers CNN site about East Side Gallery
  
East Side Gallery Official site of Artists Initiative East Side Gallery e.V.
  
Thierry Noir History of the Berlin Wall from a painters point of view
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