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Berlin's East Side Gallery under threat

Berlin's East Side Gallery under threat
28 Feb 2013

Protests are mounting in Germany over plans to demolish part of the Berlin Wall forming the famous East Side Gallery tourist attraction in order to build a block of luxury flats.

The 1.3km-long outdoor artwork is adorned by paintings from international artists and is the second most-visited tourist attraction in the city, with more than a million people each year flocking to see the colourful murals.

However, both the character of the area and the wall itself are now under threat, with murals by the French artist Thierry Noir in particular in the firing line.

'All the paintings have become a symbol of freedom in Berlin and Europe,' the 54-year-old artist said.

'Unlike elsewhere in the city, where the majority of the wall has been removed, this is a unique opportunity to preserve a large section of [it]. If you remove the sections, you're destroying the authenticity of this place.'

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