I think the Märchen is what’s keeping Germans balanced (with the weight of history, politics and philosophy on the other end), at least that’s what I thought when I saw the Märchenbrunnen in Volkspark Friedrichshain. Fortunately for me another grafitti artist had been doing his thing (see also the Wagner memorial), quite in keeping with the friendly spirit of the place.
More standing figures in a sculpture group in Kreuzberg, real life characters this time but also in a spirit of general merriness:
Another pair of figures at Kottbusser Damm market place, they have quite an elaborate pedestal:
But the master of the standing figures remains to be Stephan Balkenhol of course. I’m realising more and more, especially here in Berlin, that the success of a public sculpture is determined by its sense of scale. Balkenhol is the Supreme Master of Scale – this bronze piece is in a court yard just beside Brandenburger Tor.