I have always been fascinated by the mauerpark swings. because for me the mauerpark swings have an iconic quality.
Mauerpark (literal translation wall park) is a small piece of urban waste land in the Prenzlauer Berg neighbourhood. On sundays it will transform it some sort of a happening. a flea market, street food, lots of music, karaoke, graffiti, beer, weed and masses of people.
Mauerpark is the essence of contemporary Berlin, an ugly place turned into a celebration on hipness. Yet is very much about the mundane things like food, beer, drugs, commerce and free music. Berlin Mauerpark is of transitory nature. Urban planning and gentrification will eventually take their toll. Only two of the swings are fully functional.
The images were taken between 2014 and 2017. All images @ Martin U Waltz
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