Abandoned Hospital – Mariendorfer Weg

Hospital room with a view

Hospital room with a view

It is Sunday as this is being typed out, it has been a long weekend of hitting a certain well known club, too many drinks and forms of entertainment, a large amount of Vietnamese food and a fair bit of walking. For this set of fair reasons we keep it like Willow, short and sweet.

A very easy to access and perfect for ticking the ‘let’s go to something abandoned’ box when you have visitors kind of option is the Krankenhaus in Neukölln. There is a caravan at the front which houses someone, who I am not sure who they actually are, if they are security then they are a smidgen on the lackadaisical side of security, like the opposite of the guys at Berghain. So in terms of difficulty rating for getting in or being kicked out, it is an F, and that is only because there are some low fences.

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Some info… in short hand of course…..

– Old hospital created by Kaiser Wilhelm II of Prussia, who was incidentally the last German monarch

– Opened during WWI by a Jewish Doc who was chased out of town by those rather odorous gits the Nazis, Hitler put one of his cronies in charge, the ever so creepy Benno Ottow, a man who also sported the menacing Charlie Chaplin tache.

– The hospital was severely damaged during the wars that followed but was mended and built upon again in ’69 and ’78. For a long while it was the biggest baby factory in the country

– Now it is waiting to be demolished and turned into apartments, this area of Berlin is not going to stay relatively unbuilt upon as it is right on the doorstep of Templehofer Feld. At the moment vagabonds and graf artists hang there, you can even find rooms of men smoking shisha from time to time.

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Now what does it look like in there? Well…. usual standard fair, lots of smashed glass and as always the feeling a mass rave should take place here, or a big gay orgy, think big leather bound men, something in the vein of Bruce LaBruce I should coco. Apparently porn has been shot here, we do not know the name of it tho…

The graf is ok in parts, this is mostly outside and around the back where there is some good and colourful stuff, once you get inside it looks like local kids who never had the benefit of seeing Hartbeat with Tony Hart as children and therefore go with a scribble they claim to be a tag.

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Urban Spree – PeachBeach

Urban Spree is no secret, it is one of the main places to visit for tourists due to it’s ease of access and the fact it is pretty much exactly what people come to Berlin for. Graffiti in a cool space, in a cool area, surrounded by interesting things and at the heart of weekly events such as flea markets, bars and the always tasty Neue Heimat.

That is not to take anything away from Urban Spree, it constantly plays host to some of the most interesting and diverse schedules of street art that you are likely to find, currently it is PeachBeach which features various artworks from the likes of DXTR, Vidam, Look, Mike Friedrich, Martin Krusche, amongst others, what is nice about this is it is German curated and full of German artists.

SF popped down to watch Vidam finish of his huge mural piece this week and threw in a bit of hipster hyper lapse for good measure. I’d suggest a lil visit before they refresh the gallery next week. Pascal and his team always have something fresh lined up….

Abandoned Schwimmbad in Pankow Berlin – Average

No heavy petting

No heavy petting

In true SF style, we got waylaid, we got lazy we simply forgot to write about anything that we have been to in recent weeks or indeed two months. There is no apology, simply a lil bit of abandoned Berlin pictures for you.

Recently we had visitors to Berlin, one of whom is a street artist and despite the frankly tear inducing weather it was only right and proper to show said guests one place of interest, something not on the usual travel guides.

So off to Pankow we went, Pankow is not exactly a pretty place, it is a bit barren and not the reason that thousands of people move to BLN each year to live, however there are a couple of gems there, we have covered one in the form of the Iraqi Embassy during the summer. The other is an abandoned Schwimmbad.

Complete with stained glass window effect

Complete with stained glass window effect

Now this one is neither difficult to find, nor is it difficult to get into, just a limp metal fence separates the avid explorer and this disused pool. It is probably best to mate it clear not that this is no Blub or Olympic pool, but it has a enough to warrant a visit.

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Usually we would go in to some detail about the place and attempt to wax lyrical about it’s beauty, quirky features, the amazing artwork or something of this ilk. I am afraid this time it is tricky to do any of the above so we will keep it brief and factual.

Dry

Dry

Built in 1971 complete with a long 25m swimming pool, a sit around and do not a lot pool and a sauna, German’s indeed like a sauna or two. It had floor to ceiling glass windows to let the light in but alas it seemed to not really capture the locals imagination. In 2001 it was renovated in the hope it would get a little more love from the locals. It din’t. It shut in 2002 and has remained that way since.

As always smashed windows and paint are the key features here but in all honesty the quality of the window smashing is lackadaisical at best and the graffiti looks to have been done by a lazy teen with home-made spray paint. In short a bit crap. Ordinarily I would say that these kind of places would be great for an illegal party but it is on a sleepy street and it would likely be shutdown, not by angered neighbours but by those attending as it is just too drab.

Expectations should be kept low

Expectations should be kept low

I’d suggest no bothering visiting but if you must then it is here

The Don of Portraits

Unmistakable style

Unmistakable style

A little return to street art for SF, after a little search for some nice piece by a certain Paul Don Smith (link missing as his website seems to be down, so find it yourself you lazy so and so’s)

Skeleton Key

Skeleton Key

PDS has been an active artist on the streets of London for over 25 years, his pieces are unmissable and you could not confuse them with anyone also, dreamy colouring of culturally relevant characters have come to be synonymous with the artist. Not exclusively a street artist or one for galleries, just an artist who choses the place and subject and gets on with it, some may say too commercial being that he has done many a celebrity but if it spreads the work then who are we to argue.

Familiar faces from London 2012

Familiar faces from London 2012

PDS uses both stencils and free hand spraying which in itself shows his versatility and skill.

Swallow Your Pride

Swallow Your Pride

Marlon

Marlon

If you hit Brick Lane and just around by the Barbican centre you will be able to find numerous Paul Don Smith pieces

Hackney Road – Paint on walls

Noyiaki - For the <3 of Cock

Noyiaki – For the

Hackney Road is hanging on to it’s few street art walls, before all the nice new flats are built and the road gets a Starbucks, and M&S, an All Saints, etc etc.

Before these disappear SF thought it a good idea to document a few that we have not featured. These are easy to find so no sign posting required

Colour of Rolling People

Colour of Rolling People

Yet another Eastend Graf art tour….. but some good designs an d a cool space…. until it becomes a gourmet burger joint

DMNK & KEFT

DMNK & KEFT

Summer sunshine on the walls of Hackney Road

Is this Lennon and the Stones?

Is this Lennon and the Stones?

Innocent stencils on Hackney Road, a commentary on how easy it is to make money? How it is child’s play? Somehow think not, SF like to think it is something more menacing with the sharp scissors and the blurred face

$ Dollar bill y'al

$ Dollar bill y’al

Funnily this is found right by a gay bar. Gays like a bit of trash.

Slutpink

Slutpink

And an old friend. We haven’t seen him for a while and this is not a new one so it was probably about time that our friend Sweettoof dropped by SF

Eye i Eye

Eye i Eye

Hidden East London Gems

Two artists seen all across the Eastend and are possibly the most recognisable. Finding a new and hidden gem is quite a feat and something SF enjoyed this week during brisk walks around the sun baked streets of London.

Many a street art tour has sprung up showing the usual well trodden pathes so it is nice to be able to seek out some lesser seen pieces. Canals, high rises and general shit holes are the perfect places to find these

We give you Phlegm found not a million miles from Old Street roundabout

Terrible twins

Terrible twins

And a personal SF fave, a certain Stik a cheeky lil number, well hidden and just off of Mare St. You will have to work a bit to find this gem

Hidden  Stik

Hidden Stik

Berlin Toilet Education

It isn’t just the public walls that are covered in rich German humour and educating messages, the public toilets are the places to find some of the best and most interesting things for the eyes to feast upon. Just a few examples below.

Flash carefully hiding some of the modesty

Pet Shop Bears

Pet Shop Bears

The toilets are where you can learn about feminism too

Porn for all

Porn for all…. and Frodo

Spot the naughty

Is that a willy and some spunk?

Is that a willy and some spunk?

Simple and to the point

1 in 10 apparently

1 in 10 apparently

 

Then we have this….. not only is it what we would now call vintage but it shows the young man at his most uber gay, and possibly his least attractive.

Das Nummer Seiben ja?

Das Nummer Seiben ja?

At least he got much better with age and ink

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First seen in March 2012, SF christened the wasteland the Graffiti Graveyard that was until it became a street football pitch complete with paint on walls and astroturf.

Footballart

Footballart

An oasis of colour and action off of an Eastend housing estate, spitting distance from the hispster homested of Broadway Market. Encouraging to see something beautiful, useful, socially enabling and owned by the locals in the Eastend. Sure I have missed it and it has already happened but just waiting for a Nike advert to be filmed here.  They are proper urban afterall innit

Owed much

Owed much

Blue corner

Blue corner

Every few months the walls are re-sprayed by local and visiting artists, the only wall that has remained is the King Robbo wall. Maybe this will remain until he is 100% back on his feet after his coma

I had a dream and left it underground

I had a dream and left it underground

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Tags and paint

Tags and paint

London Sunshine and Paint

Always rains in London right? Not this bank holiday it was hot, it was sunny, there was a festival and it was hot.

In addition to this the sun remained long enough for the bicycle to come out and to spot a little bit of paint on walls. A mini taster now, but a lot more to follow, the summer floodgates have well and truly sprung.

Sokar Uno, a German artist of some note, typically using quite a real surreal style has been spraying in the Eastend. This is not to far from outdoor Hipster mecca that is London Fields.

PT I

PT I

PT II

PT II

 

Plus another....

Plus another….

More to follow shortly….

Now it is a case of avoiding being knocked off the bike