Sunday, 8 November 2009

Over the Wall

"On the evening of November 9, 1989, I was watching TV. The Berlin Wall was coming down, and I was flabbergasted."

"From my 18-year-old perspective, the wall had always been there, and I had no reason to doubt that it would remain there forever. The news of the wall coming down was like somebody telling me that the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates had reversed course overnight, and that from now on you could stroll from Hamburg to Boston." (Niemann, 2009)
Christoph Niemann, an illustrator and author, observed the opening of the Berlin Wall and on TV and reflects on his visit to the divided city in 1988. He has since moved to Berlin with his family and illustrates the city 20 years on in Over the Wall. Images in his New York Times blog, Abstract City, is created from strips of orange and black coloured paper, woven into one another to form non-digital pixelated images.

In I LEGO N.Y., he replicates items from his memories of New York City, with Lego blocks. Bathroom Art, another pixelated work can be seen on Abstract City.

Niemann, C. (2009) Abstract City. [online]
Niemann, C. (2008) Christoph Niemann. [online]