- Name of the victim,
- Date of birth,
- Year of deportation
- Name of the camp
- Date of murder
I took the picture on Friedrichstasse, one of the main streets in Berlin (famous for Check point Charlie). Today its all banks and high end shopping. Without the little metal cobblestones, no one would know a family used to live at the address, torn asunder during darker times.
Says Demnig, now 56
The last picture is of a "water cell", a rubber covered walled cubicle in which a hapless prisoner would be tossed naked, ankle deep in water.
Time to lighten up.
I've posted similar before but the above and following are probably the most photographed spots in the capital and warrant mention in any post about Berlin.
Back to the artistic theme begun earlier, I ducked into the National Portrait Gallery off Trafalgar Square, specifically to see two installations:
Isabella was somewhat of a Fashion icon with a Gothic sensibility (or so I've read).
The unusual portrait made of 15 taxidermy animals (including birds, a rat and a snake), wood and fake moss, together with a heel from one of Blow's own Manolo Blahnik shoes and her trademark lipstick, is a vivid combination of sculpture, installation and light projection.
In the resulting silhouette of a head, Isabella Blow appears to be wearing one of the extraordinary hats designed for her by Phillip Treacy, which often featured taxidermy. The artists were fascinated by what they saw as Blow's gothic quality and chose to depict her head as though on a stake, incorporating a raven and the species of rat associated with the Black Death.
This is my electronically cleaned up attempt.