30.11.08 by Jeff

Blu in Berlin!

Blu returns to Berlin and leaves a considerable mark! This piece is enormous! You may recall that Muto piece he created (which remains one of the best things I have ever seen on the internet).

booooooom blu berlin muto

Watch a great video of him painting this gigantic mural in Berlin, below:

booooooom blu berlin muto

booooooom blu berlin muto

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaOn1e6sLEc[/youtube]













Jeff
Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.



  • Muto was simply amazing, It’s hard to imagine how much work he put on that. And I’ll try to visit this thing when Im in Berlin in a few weeks. I want to see how big it is by my own…

  • it’s gotta be at least 5 or 6 stories high – would be amazing to see in person

  • wow. that’s a lot of work for a mural! real cool though! i recently put up a bunch of pasties myself. i’ve never tried actually painting! great work though!

  • Muto was jaw dropping. This mural is still nice, but I guess I was looking for something to be as inspiring as Muto.

    The size of the mural is still impressive, but for a single drawing I think he made a mistake. Is it just me or is the neck way too elongated (despite the fact that the image is already slightly disproportionate)?

  • see the pink rabbit thing at the bottom, with the green dings on it’s back? Nomad and me painted that last summer with a 6 metre extension pole, standing on top of an old fridge freezer, so that gives you an idea of how big this wall is. huge.
    this is right next to the wall he painted with JR last summer.
    little dissapointed with the theme – no one in Kreuzberg is a slave to time!!! this needs to have been painted in Mitte 😉

  • yea it is incredible when you see how small he is in proportion to the wall.

  • Alle5

    Man, I saw BLU here in Italy on the FAME festival.. He is a genius in my opinion!

    I was in Berlin few days ago but I didn’t see it! 🙁

  • did he even sleep? it looks like he has been painting this for three nights and two days straight!
    great piece, but i agree, place is not appropriate. 🙂
    and a shame for the cut-up whale, i really loved that one, too.

  • Golden handcuffs, common in Denmark with such high wages.

  • for those who want to go there, its schlesische str corner cuvrystr. there are some more huge paintings of him in berlin. check also the wall at the watergate club (falckensteinstr.49) or go to the kopi (koepi137.net)

  • P

    Genius

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  • Natasha

    Hi everybody,

    I was just wondering if anybody could give me the name of the area that this fantastic mural is placed. I’ve been there, but I just can’t remember and I’m writing about Blu in school. Can anybody help me with that?

  • Hi Natasha,
    The area is called “Kreuzberg”.
    GoogleMaps: http://maps.google.de/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=de&geocode=&q=Schlesische+Stra%C3%9Fe,+Berlin&aq=0&sll=51.151786,10.415039&sspn=21.231081,67.631836&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Schlesische+Stra%C3%9Fe,+10997+Berlin&ll=52.499099,13.445699&spn=0.010032,0.033023&z=16&layer=c&cbll=52.499425,13.445613&panoid=kQtxxZfKZCxkYrOtpfHFxA&cbp=12,110.69,,0,-1.64
    Unfortunately, the photographs in GoogleStreetmap have been made BEFORE he painted the mural. But you can see another one by BLU on the right.
    Hope that helps!
    Good luck with your paper!
    Anne

    • Natasha

      Thank you so much Anne – huge help.

    • thanks for helping out natasha, anne!

      /jeff





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