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Cool Zitadell images

Some cool zitadell images:

Die Marksburg oberhalb Braubachs im oberen Mittelrheintal
zitadell
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Die einzige nicht zerstörte mittelalterliche Höhenburg im Mittelrheintal. Sie stammt aus dem 12 Jhd und liegt auf einem Schieferkegel oberhalb der Stadt Braubach. Im Jahre 1900 erwarb der Deutschen Burgenverein die Anlage und seit 1931 befindet sich der Sitz des Vereins auf der Burg
The only non-ruined medieval hilltop castle in the Middle Rhine Valley. It dates from the 12th century and is located on a slate cone above the town of Braubach. In 1900, the German Castle Association acquired the plant and since 1931 the seat of the association is at the castle

These Are My Twisted Words
zitadell
Image by BernieCB

IMG_1329
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Image by BernieCB

Cool Art Hotel Berlin images

Some cool art hotel berlin images:

Berlin Wall – 23
art hotel berlin
Image by Ed Yourdon
(more details later, as time permits)

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I’m not sure what I expected when I walked out of my hotel one morning during my vacation visit, jumped into a taxi, and asked the driver to take me to the Berlin Wall — but not this.

My driver patiently explained, in English that was far superior to anything I might have dreamed of attempting in German, that there was really one one section of the wall (also known as the East Side Gallery) that remained intact — on Mülenstraße, which was only a few kilometers from my hotel. So off we went, and my driver smiled as I got out of the cab, with a pleasant request to “Enjoy yourself!”

I’m not sure “enjoy” is how I would characterize this experience … but it was one that I’m certainly glad that I had. The section of the wall along which I walked was separated from the Spree River by a grassy knoll about 50 yards wide (though I subsequently learned that the border itself, back in those days, was the river) … so I could get some distance and perspective as I looked at some of the vivid artwork. And that was on the “back side” of the wall; there was more street art on the “front side” that ran along Mühlenstraße. I walked both sides, several times, and did my best to photograph everything…

I don’t think there’s much point in my translating, explaining, or even commenting on the photos you can see here; there are 105 altogether, and they speak for themselves, with messages that are pretty self-explanatory. There may be a few phrases in German that you don’t understand; but Google will help you out.

One of the signs commemorated the 25th anniversary of the reunification of Germany—which, of course, was an almost immediate consequence of the collapse of East Germany, and the dismantling of the wall. But it made me wonder: how long will any of this last? It’s obviously meaningful to me and my generation; and if my parents were alive, I’m sure it would take their breath away. As for my children’s generation, and their children’s generation … well, who knows?

And a hundred years from now, will any part of this one small stretch of the old wall, which runs for only 1.3 kilometers, still be standing?

Image from page 170 of „The Argonaut“ (1877)
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Title: The Argonaut
Year: 1877 (1870s)
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the honorof highest percentage, both in theory as wellas technical work in that examination. Thisand other successes have been rewarded byunsolicited compliments from such artists asEugene DAlbert, Louis Maas, Calaxin, La-valle, Camilla Urso, and professors of theRoyal High School of Music in Berlin.An efficient class of teachers is engaged bvProfessor Bonelli in all branches of musicparticular attention being given to piano andharmony. Painting Perspective Anatomy DAY CLASSES, NIGHT CLASSES,SATURDAY CLASSES. School now open. For terms apply at theoffice of the school, corner of Pine and MasonStreets, or by mail to the assistant secretaryMark Hopkins Institute of Art. Exhibition of Paintings BY Prominent California ArtistsOCCIDENTAL HOTEL PARLORS CLOSES September 14th H. W. Hansens Entire Collection FREDERIC JUNIOR — Wm. Morris, the veteran art dealer,is fitting up new quarters at 317 Sutter Street, es-pecially designed by him for the classification anddisplay of his art collection.

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Yon Ought to have an Autopiano It has been reserved for the twentieth century to see the perfection of theAUTOPIANO. It is a mistake to suppose that the results to be obtained from thisinstrument are purely mechanical. The man who can not read a note, and who nevertouched a keyboard, may learn in a surprisingly short time to control the mechanismand obtain effects of tempo, accent, and dynamic contrasts heretofore only possible toa Liszt or a Paderewski. It places within the reach of people unable to play any in-strument the possibilities of hearing the best music in their homes, and hearing itartistically played. If you have a piano and no one to play it. or if you love the great musical com-positions and are unable to hear them in your own home, you should have an AUTO-PIAXO. It is capable of giving greater pleasure to the listener than the pianist ofeven more than average ability, and it is said by many that the enjoyment of the per-former in giving all his attention to shading and

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GRAFFITI DETAIL
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Second Life holiday parties was an incredible mix of trance, dnb, electronica, dark psy, goa, minimal, proggy, acid, experimental, industrial, noize, tribal, jazz, live music, country, blues, reggae, salsa, classical, opera, and Christmas music. I heard it all and then some.

I love music of all kinds. If it’s good, it’s worth listening to, so don’t start with the nose-up-in-the-air over your favorite genre. Believe me… good music will always find an audience. An audience of sophisticated listeners will stop to listen to any good sound… even if it isn’t part of your normal repertoire.

What is amazing is that dj’s and musicians around the world know this, and they borrow from all genres to create their own personal sounds.

Here in Second Life, we get the results from around the world. World music mixes with the trendy sounds of the day, and we get the sounds that we love so much.

I want to thank all the dj’s, musicians, club owners and event makers in SL. You guys made a holiday scene like no other. APPLAUSE & BRAVO ::::

Special thanks to you <3:

Dance Island
Organica
Divaz
Musik Hauz
DeRailed
Piranha
BassLine Island
Electro Smog
alt7
MMAC
GiveMeSpace
Underground Artists
Home
Club Neptune
Sphynx Jazz Club
Kromatic
8Wall’s Place
United Beats
Odessa
ArtHole
Steam Punk Airship
Electro Violence
Ibiza the Island
Rancho Brasil
The Laundry
Phatland
Asagao Treasures
Seat
DC-10
Casablanca Hotel
R.A.R.E.
Club Enigma
Jade’s Jazz Island
Instyle Fashion Agency
Grafton Mall
S&S Gallery
2nd Zone

… and kisses to ::
Xavier
Aosh
Ronnie
Stig
Mackenzie
Lou
Leo
Professor
Grease
Hallow
Jas
Nos
Thomm
Finny
Renanyoy
Daemon
Donna
Deirdre
IPR365
Pan
Arora
8Wall
Space
Qee
Shad
Healer
Queen
Digi
Stefan
Jen
Max
Xavier
Zod
Tina
Melt
WET
Sully
Sylvain
Alb
Web

Without you guys, the party scene would be dull indeed!
<3 <3 <3
2009… here we goooooo!

Nice Spandau Shopping photos

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0407_001
spandau shopping
Image by cajsa.lilliehook
Photography by Cajsa Lilliehook
for It’s Only Fashion
Store info at Blogging Second Life
****SHOPPING LIST******
Poses: Zaara Home cushion
Skin: -Belleza- Ria Fair 0 R
Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Eon eyes Duo Green (med)
Lashes: Lelutka
Mani/Pedi: SLink Mesh Hands & Feet with FLAIR mani applier
Hair: Clawtooth: Hang it up – Red eye flight @ Collabor88
Clothing: NYU – High Waist Skirt, BabyBlue @ Fameshed
NYU – Ruffle Collar Blouse, BabyBlue @ Fameshed
Shoes: Schadenfreude Slink Spandau Ballet Flats @ Collabor88
Location: Lark – Desert Retreat Deck – Painted @ Home Show
Zaara [home] : Patchwork cushion *elephant* from The Arcade
Zaara [home] : Ikat dhurrie rug *multi*from The Arcade
Foliage & Candle Pail from we’re closed

Cool Foto Spandau images

Some cool foto spandau images:

Zitadelle Spandau
foto spandau
Image by Gertrud K.
Berlin – Die Festungsmauer mit Juliusturm

An der Stelle, an der heute die Zitadelle Spandau liegt, lag einmal eine slawische Befestigungsanlage. Nachdem die Askanier 1157 die Region erobert und die Mark Brandenburg gegründet hatten wurde eine Grenzfestung errichtet. Ab 1220 wurde die Grenzfestung zu einer als Residenz genutzten Hofburg umgebaut.

At the place where today the “Zitadelle Spandau” is located, once was a Slavic fortification. After the Askanier had conquered the region in 1157 they founded the Mark Brandenburg and built a border fortress. Starting from 1220 the border fortress was converted to a court castle used as residence. (Sorry for my bad english)

Luftbild der gesamten Zitadelle/air photograph of the whole citadel

See where this picture was taken. [?]

Zitadelle Spandau
foto spandau
Image by Gertrud K.
Berlin – Die Festungsmauer

An der Stelle, an der heute die Zitadelle Spandau liegt, lag einmal eine slawische Befestigungsanlage. Nachdem die Askanier 1157 die Region erobert und die Mark Brandenburg gegründet hatten wurde eine Grenzfestung errichtet. Ab 1220 wurde die Grenzfestung zu einer als Residenz genutzten Hofburg umgebaut.

At the place where today the “Zitadelle Spandau” is located, once was a Slavic fortification. After the Askanier had conquered the region in 1157 they founded the Mark Brandenburg and built a border fortress. Starting from 1220 the border fortress was converted to a court castle used as residence. (Sorry for my bad english)

Luftbild der gesamten Zitadelle/air photograph of the whole citadel

See where this picture was taken. [?]

Cool Spandau Net images

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Image taken from page 93 of ‚Geschichte der Hohenzollern. Ein Haus- und Familienbuch für jeden Preussen‘
spandau net
Image by The British Library
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Title: "Geschichte der Hohenzollern. Ein Haus- und Familienbuch für jeden Preussen"
Author: ZIMMERMANN, P. A.
Shelfmark: "British Library HMNTS 9384.e.7."
Page: 93
Place of Publishing: Glogau
Date of Publishing: 1858
Issuance: monographic
Identifier: 004022599

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Gold!
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Image by ukslim
May 2006 Scavenger Hunt: "Gold"

Debbie does Spandau Ballet’s "Gold" on Singstar.

Cool Berlin Sp images

A few nice berlin sp images I found:

Drosophila sp. ? (Drosophilidae)
berlin sp
Image by gbohne
Phylum: Arthropoda (arthropods, Gliederfüßer) LATREILLE, 1829
Subphylum: Hexapoda BLAINVILLE, 1816
Class: Insecta (insects, Insekten)
Subclass: Pterygota (Fluginsekten)
Infraclass: Neoptera MARTYNOV, 1923
Order: Diptera LINNAEUS, 1758 (true flies, mosquitoes and gnats, Zweiflügler)
Suborder: Brachycera SCHINER, 1862
Infraorder: Muscomorpha [Syn.: Cyclorrhapha]
Superfamily: Ephydroidea
Family: Drosophilidae RÓNDANI, 1856 (fruit flies, pomace flies, Frucht- oder Essigfliegen)
Subfamily: Drosophilinae
Tribus: Drosophilini
Subtribus: Drosophilina
Genus: Drosophila FALLÉN, 1823 (fruit fly, Taufliegen)
possibly: Drosophila busckii COQUILETT, 1901

Germany, Berlin, Neukölln: Tempelhofer Flugfeld, ca. 50m asl., 21.08.2013

100 mm Macro (Canon L), 1/250 s, f/8, ISO8000, 0EV, AL, hand-held

IMG_2312

sp | boompjes
berlin sp
Image by Beaumont Communicatie

Berlin, Hauptbahnhof
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Image by MBader2
Shot:
Nikon D90, Tamron 17-50mm @ 17mm (1/320sec, f/9, ISO 200)

Software used for this image:
Adobe Lightroom 2, Photoshop

Summer holiday 2014

Check out these spandauer straße 4 berlin images:

Summer holiday 2014
spandauer straße 4 berlin
Image by F.d.W.
Summer holiday 2014
In and around Berlin Germany

Berlin

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This article is about the capital of Germany. For other uses, see Berlin (disambiguation).

Berlin

State of Germany
Clockwise: Charlottenburg Palace, Fernsehturm Berlin, Reichstag building, Berlin Cathedral, Alte Nationalgalerie, Potsdamer Platz and Brandenburg Gate.
Clockwise: Charlottenburg Palace, Fernsehturm Berlin, Reichstag building, Berlin Cathedral, Alte Nationalgalerie, Potsdamer Platz and Brandenburg Gate.

Flag of Berlin
Flag Coat of arms of Berlin
Coat of arms

Location within European Union and Germany
Location within European Union and Germany
Coordinates: 52°31′N 13°23′ECoordinates: 52°31′N 13°23′E

Country
Germany

Government

• Governing Mayor
Michael Müller (SPD)

• Governing parties
SPD / CDU

• Votes in Bundesrat
4 (of 69)

Area

• City
891.85 km2 (344.35 sq mi)

Elevation
34 m (112 ft)

Population (December 2013)[1]

• City
3,517,424

• Density
3,900/km2 (10,000/sq mi)

Demonym
Berliner

Time zone
CET (UTC+1)

• Summer (DST)
CEST (UTC+2)

Postal code(s)
10115–14199

Area code(s)
030

ISO 3166 code
DE-BE

Vehicle registration
B[2]

GDP/ Nominal
€109.2 billion (2013) [3]

NUTS Region
DE3

Website
berlin.de

Berlin (/bərˈlɪn/; German pronunciation: [bɛɐ̯ˈliːn] ( listen)) is the capital of Germany and one of the 16 states of Germany. With a population of 3.5 million people,[4] Berlin is Germany’s largest city. It is the second most populous city proper and the seventh most populous urban area in the European Union.[5] Located in northeastern Germany on the River Spree, it is the center of the Berlin-Brandenburg Metropolitan Region, which has about 4.5 million residents from over 180 nations.[6][7][8][9] Due to its location in the European Plain, Berlin is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. Around one third of the city’s area is composed of forests, parks, gardens, rivers and lakes.[10]

First documented in the 13th century, Berlin became the capital of the Margraviate of Brandenburg (1417), the Kingdom of Prussia (1701–1918), the German Empire (1871–1918), the Weimar Republic (1919–1933) and the Third Reich (1933–1945).[11] Berlin in the 1920s was the third largest municipality in the world.[12] After World War II, the city was divided; East Berlin became the capital of East Germany while West Berlin became a de facto West German exclave, surrounded by the Berlin Wall (1961–1989).[13] Following German reunification in 1990, the city was once more designated as the capital of all Germany, hosting 158 foreign embassies.[14]

Berlin is a world city of culture, politics, media, and science.[15][16][17][18] Its economy is based on high-tech firms and the service sector, encompassing a diverse range of creative industries, research facilities, media corporations, and convention venues.[19][20] Berlin serves as a continental hub for air and rail traffic and has a highly complex public transportation network. The metropolis is a popular tourist destination.[21] Significant industries also include IT, pharmaceuticals, biomedical engineering, clean tech, biotechnology, construction, and electronics.

Modern Berlin is home to renowned universities, orchestras, museums, entertainment venues, and is host to many sporting events.[22] Its urban setting has made it a sought-after location for international film productions.[23] The city is well known for its festivals, diverse architecture, nightlife, contemporary arts, and a high quality of living.[24] Over the last decade Berlin has seen the upcoming of a cosmopolitan entrepreneurial scene.[25]

20th to 21st centuries[edit]

Street, Berlin (1913) by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
After 1910 Berlin had become a fertile ground for the German Expressionist movement. In fields such as architecture, painting and cinema new forms of artistic styles were invented. At the end of World War I in 1918, a republic was proclaimed by Philipp Scheidemann at the Reichstag building. In 1920, the Greater Berlin Act incorporated dozens of suburban cities, villages, and estates around Berlin into an expanded city. The act increased the area of Berlin from 66 to 883 km2 (25 to 341 sq mi). The population almost doubled and Berlin had a population of around four million. During the Weimar era, Berlin underwent political unrest due to economic uncertainties, but also became a renowned center of the Roaring Twenties. The metropolis experienced its heyday as a major world capital and was known for its leadership roles in science, the humanities, city planning, film, higher education, government, and industries. Albert Einstein rose to public prominence during his years in Berlin, being awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921.

Berlin in ruins after World War II (Potsdamer Platz, 1945).
In 1933, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party came to power. NSDAP rule effectively destroyed Berlin’s Jewish community, which had numbered 160,000, representing one-third of all Jews in the country. Berlin’s Jewish population fell to about 80,000 as a result of emigration between 1933 and 1939. After Kristallnacht in 1938, thousands of the city’s persecuted groups were imprisoned in the nearby Sachsenhausen concentration camp or, starting in early 1943, were shipped to death camps, such as Auschwitz.[39] During World War II, large parts of Berlin were destroyed in the 1943–45 air raids and during the Battle of Berlin. Around 125,000 civilians were killed.[40] After the end of the war in Europe in 1945, Berlin received large numbers of refugees from the Eastern provinces. The victorious powers divided the city into four sectors, analogous to the occupation zones into which Germany was divided. The sectors of the Western Allies (the United States, the United Kingdom and France) formed West Berlin, while the Soviet sector formed East Berlin.[41]

The Berlin Wall in 1986, painted on the western side. People crossing the so-called "death strip" on the eastern side were at risk of being shot.
All four Allies shared administrative responsibilities for Berlin. However, in 1948, when the Western Allies extended the currency reform in the Western zones of Germany to the three western sectors of Berlin, the Soviet Union imposed a blockade on the access routes to and from West Berlin, which lay entirely inside Soviet-controlled territory. The Berlin airlift, conducted by the three western Allies, overcame this blockade by supplying food and other supplies to the city from June 1948 to May 1949.[42] In 1949, the Federal Republic of Germany was founded in West Germany and eventually included all of the American, British, and French zones, excluding those three countries‘ zones in Berlin, while the Marxist-Leninist German Democratic Republic was proclaimed in East Germany. West Berlin officially remained an occupied city, but it politically was aligned with the Federal Republic of Germany despite West Berlin’s geographic isolation. Airline service to West Berlin was granted only to American, British, and French airlines.

The fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989. On 3 October 1990, the German reunification process was formally finished.
The founding of the two German states increased Cold War tensions. West Berlin was surrounded by East German territory, and East Germany proclaimed the Eastern part as its capital, a move that was not recognized by the western powers. East Berlin included most of the historic center of the city. The West German government established itself in Bonn.[43] In 1961, East Germany began the building of the Berlin Wall between East and West Berlin, and events escalated to a tank standoff at Checkpoint Charlie. West Berlin was now de facto a part of West Germany with a unique legal status, while East Berlin was de facto a part of East Germany. John F. Kennedy gave his "Ich bin ein Berliner" – speech in 1963 underlining the US support for the Western part of the city. Berlin was completely divided. Although it was possible for Westerners to pass from one to the other side through strictly controlled checkpoints, for most Easterners travel to West Berlin or West Germany prohibited. In 1971, a Four-Power agreement guaranteed access to and from West Berlin by car or train through East Germany.[44]

In 1989, with the end of the Cold War and pressure from the East German population, the Berlin Wall fell on 9 November and was subsequently mostly demolished. Today, the East Side Gallery preserves a large portion of the Wall. On 3 October 1990, the two parts of Germany were reunified as the Federal Republic of Germany, and Berlin again became the official German capital. In 1991, the German Parliament, the Bundestag, voted to move the seat of the (West) German capital from Bonn to Berlin, which was completed in 1999. Berlin’s 2001 administrative reform merged several districts. The number of boroughs was reduced from 23 to twelve. In 2006 the FIFA World Cup Final was held in Berlin.

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Alexanderplatz

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View over Alexanderplatz

Neighborhoods in Berlin-Mitte: Old Cölln [1] (with Museum Island [1a], Fisher Island [1b]), Altberlin [2] (with Nikolaiviertel [2a]), Friedrichswerder [3], Neukölln am Wasser [4], Dorotheenstadt [5], Friedrichstadt [6], Luisenstadt [7], Stralauer Vorstadt (with Königsstadt) [8], Alexanderplatz Area (Königsstadt and Altberlin) [9], Spandauer Vorstadt [10] (with Scheunenviertel [10a]), Friedrich-Wilhelm-Stadt [11], Oranienburger Vorstadt [12], Rosenthaler Vorstadt [13]
Alexanderplatz (pronounced [ʔalɛkˈsandɐˌplats] ( listen)) is a large public square and transport hub in the central Mitte district of Berlin, near the Fernsehturm. Berliners often call it simply Alex, referring to a larger neighbourhood stretching from Mollstraße in the northeast to Spandauer Straße and the Red City Hall in the southwest

History[edit]

Alexanderplatz in 1796
Early history[edit]

Originally a cattle market outside the city fortifications, it was named in honor of a visit of the Russian Emperor Alexander I to Berlin on 25 October 1805 by order of King Frederick William III of Prussia. The square gained a prominent role in the late 19th century with the construction of the Stadtbahn station of the same name and a nearby market hall, followed by the opening of a department store of Hermann Tietz in 1904, becoming a major commercial centre. The U-Bahn station of the present-day U2 line opened on 1 July 1913.

Its heyday was in the 1920s, when together with Potsdamer Platz it was at the heart of Berlin’s nightlife, inspiring the 1929 novel Berlin Alexanderplatz (see 1920s Berlin) and the two films based thereon, Piel Jutzi’s 1931 film and Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 15½ hour second adaptation, released in 1980. About 1920 the city’s authorities started a rearrangement of the increasing traffic flows laying out a roundabout, accompanied by two buildings along the Stadtbahn viaduct, Alexanderhaus and Berolinahaus finished in 1932 according to plans designed by Peter Behrens.

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Marx-Engels-Forum, Fernsehturm
spandauer straße 4 berlin
Image by Wolfgang Staudt
Get here a large view!

Das Marx-Engels Forum ist eine in den 1980er Jahren errichtete Denkmalanlage in Berlin-Mitte. Es liegt zwischen der Spandauer Straße und der Spree, nahe dem Rathaus von Berlin (dem sogenannten „Roten Rathaus“). Vor dem Zweiten Weltkrieg war das Gebiet des heutigen Marx-Engels-Forums durch Wohn- und Geschäftshausbebauung geprägt, die im Krieg größtenteils durch Luftangriffe zerstört und nach 1945 abgetragen worden waren. Für die Umgestaltung des Geländes zu einer Parkanlage wurden die noch erhaltenen Gebäude in den 1970er Jahren abgerissen.

Nach langer Vorbereitungszeit und nachdem staatliche Stellen der DDR wie führende Funktionäre der SED mehrfach in die Entwurfsarbeiten eingegriffen hatten, wurde die jetzige Anlage innerhalb der gleichzeitig neugestalteten Parkanlage am 4. April 1986 eingeweiht. Sie entstand nach Plänen des Bildhauers Ludwig Engelhardt, der seit 1977 künstlerischer Leiter des Projekts war. Auf einer runden, gepflasterten Freifläche sind verschiedene Kunstobjekte platziert. Hauptteil des Ensembles und an zentraler Stelle aufgestellt ist eine Skulptur, die von Engelhardt selbst stammt: überlebensgroße Bronzefiguren von Karl Marx (sitzend) und Friedrich Engels (Höhe: 3,85 m), den Verfassern des „Kommunistischen Manifests“ und Vaterfiguren des Sozialismus. Dahinter steht eine Reliefwand von Werner Stötzer aus bulgarischem Marmor mit der Darstellung von Menschengruppen in frühkapitalistischer Umgebung. Auf der gegenüberliegenden Seite des Platzes: Bronzereliefs von Margret Middell, Szenen des Lebens in einer befreiten Gesellschaft. Dazwischen, im Bogen angeordnet: auf vier doppelseitigen, flächigen Edelstahlstelen, die von Arno Fischer, Peter Vogt, Norbert Blum, Hans Gutheil, Jürgen Frenkel, Günther Köhler und Friedrich Nostitz gestaltet wurden, sind in Augenhöhe zahlreiche kleinformatige Fotodokumente aus der Geschichte der Arbeiterbewegung dauerhaft in die geschliffene Oberfläche erodiert.

Nach der Wiedervereinigung Berlins und Deutschlands 1990 wurde das Marx-Engels-Forum Gegenstand kontroverser Diskussionen, ähnlich wie der nahe gelegene Palast der Republik. Die einen sehen darin das überflüssige Relikt einer überwundenen Epoche und wünschen eine zeitgemäßere Nutzung der Fläche, andere wollen die Anlage erhalten, wie sie ist – als bemerkenswertes Gesamtkunstwerk, als interessantes Zeugnis der neueren deutschen Geschichte oder als Symbol für die Hoffnung auf einen neuen, besseren Sozialismus. Inzwischen bezeugen die blankgewetzten Knie und Hände des sitzenden Karl Marx, wie beliebt die Figurengruppe jedenfalls als Fotokulisse für Touristen aus aller Welt ist.

Zur Geschichte des Forums produzierte der Maler und Dokumentarfilmregisseur Jürgen Böttcher 2001 den Film „Konzert im Freien“.

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