Human landscape Berlin

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The Human Landscape Berlin is an art project installed in 1987 in the Berlin district of Kreuzberg . It is a sculpture path that leads from the Schlesisches Tor to the May-Ayim-Ufer and contains seven sculptural works of art. The project was created at a sculptor symposium.

Human landscape Berlin

The exhibited works deal with the topic “Kreuzberg as a focal point for immigration” and were created by seven different artists, the artist Schang Hutter withdrew from participation. A path made of granite slabs was laid out between the individual exhibits . The area in which the sculptures were set up was on an open area before the fall of the Wall , as the Oberbaum Bridge was not passable. The symposium and the project were financed by the budget “Art in urban space” on the occasion of Berlin's 750th anniversary. It was intended to set a counterpoint to the sculpture boulevard on Kurfürstendamm , which was built in the same year.

The sculptures

Dove Vai

Dove Vai

The human landscape begins with the sculpture “ Dove Vai ” on the sidewalk on Schlesische Strasse . The approximately five meter long reclining figures were created by Andreas Wegner (* 1958). The title “Dove Vai” is Italian and means “ Where are you going? ". Shown are two people lying down facing each other. They are an unclothed couple, with the man lying flat on his back and the woman on the side. Bronze and iron were used as materials .

People in the city

The group of sculptures " people in the city " is located on the green space between the Silesian and Oberbaumstraße and was from the Turkish sculptor Mehmet Aksoy made of white Carrara - marble made. In total, the work of art consists of nine figures. A single figure emerges from a large stone block that represents a crowd, seven steles represent different body parts. A single figure stands away from the green space, directly on the street. The conflict between uprooting and the lack of integration of foreign immigrants should be symbolized .

Doll rest

Doll rest

The group of sculptures " Puppenruhe " is located directly under the tracks of the elevated railway line U1 in Oberbaumstrasse. The group consisting of three abstract marble elements was created by Louis Niebuhr . It should represent the development of the butterfly as a symbol of the metamorphosis into a new life.

The encounter

The group of sculptures “ The Encounter ” between Oberbaumstrasse and May-Ayim-Ufer consists of five symbolized female bodies . The figures are made of ceramic with concrete and bronze and are between 2.40 and 2.80 meters high. They were created by the Turkish sculptor Azade Köker .

The granite sculpture path designed by Azade Köker was realized on the recommendation of the jury.

Standing figure in front of relief bodies

Standing figure in front of relief bodies

The “ standing figure in front of relief bodies ” stands on a triangular green area between Oberbaumstrasse and May-Ayim-Ufer. The ensemble created by Andreas Frömberg is a man about 1.90 meters high who looks at two broad relief bodies.

Space line

The abstract steel construction " Raumlinie " on a green area between Oberbaumstrasse and May-Ayim-Ufer was built by Rudolf Valenta from bent stainless steel tubes . It is up to six meters high.

Blue bow meadow

The “ Blau-Bogen-Wiese ” seating ensemble by Leslie Robbins on May-Ayim-Ufer consists of six different elements in pastel-colored ceramics that look like blocks placed on top of one another. It is a pavilion with five columns (about 2.50 meters high, floor space 1.60 by 1.20 meters), a stool and four different benches.


  • Hans-Jürgen Mende, Kurt Wernicke (ed.): Berlin district lexicon Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg .

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