FACADE, CHECKPOINT, BERLIN
Facade, Checkpoint, Berlin (2001). Assisted by Frieda Rommel. This was colourful work and good fun, and is still popular, although time battered and much graffitied by now. Seen from afar at the junction of busy shopping streets Mehringdamm and Geneisenauer Strasse, it was once cinema, until the new tenants turned the theater hall into a huge second hand fashion store. Outside, the first outlines were drawn at night using my trusty overhead-projector. The photos above are from the old website and are all I have from around the time. Two month's work altogether, including the photo shoots and preparation, started on beautiful days in late Summer, finished in the freezing cold up the scaffolding rig we rented.
Checkpoint revisited. Returning in 2014 we found it still there, but definitely in need of touching up. I mentioned this to the owners, who were still there too, but they haven't got back to me. If they do, I have the original sketches and transparents for the projector. Otherwise, lets leave it another decade and see how it looks then...
Photo shoots are fun. As well as photographing friends, we stood in the street in front of the store and invited people to take part. Some were shy at first, others got right down to it. We all enjoyed the dressing up. Thanks to Neil Hester, project photographer on this as well as other contracts.