Big Poster Baumhaus an der Mauer
This poster is panoramic (542 x 200 mm / 21,3 x 7,8 inch) and represents « The Treehouse » called auf german Baumhaus an der Mauer. It was built only with recycled elements. Some Trees are growing with the Haus. I drew this urban sketch on the 8th of May 2019 directly at the location in Mariannenplatz (Berlin-Kreuzberg). I was sitting on the sidewalk of the other side of the street.
As a technique I applied wash drawing (ink and water). And artistic tools I used for this illustration are:
- my sketch book (« Hahnemühle »- fine grain, Format Din A4: 29,7 x 21 cm -11,69″ x 8,26″-, 190 g/m2 – 4,5 lb)
- 2 pigment liners (« Staedtler » – 0.5 mm and 1.0 mm)
- 2 paint brushes (fine and medium)
History: In 1983, when the Berlin Wall was still standing, Osman Kalin (1925-2018) decided to make use of a small strip of derelict land that lay directly beside it. Although officially belonging to the GDR, it was physically located in West German territory simply because the wall had not been curved to accommodate a tiny bend in the border. Herr Kalin used the land to create a garden, and built a small hut, too, ingeniously constructed out of scrap materials.
The DIY abode initially aroused the suspicion of East German border guards, who visited him several times to inspect his handiwork, but he was allowed to continue unhindered. The hut grew in size and complexity, with extra space built right around a tree that already grew on the plot. When the Wall fell in 1989, and Kalin’s home was threatened with demolition, locals supported him in a bid to save the property.
This illustration is also on my portfolio Urban Sketches.