As children, we are all fascinated by forests filled with exotic animals and little hiding places to discover.
For this commissioned work, a housing association approached us to develop and implement an artistic concept for a passageway. We were delighted to be given complete creative freedom without any set theme. To get a better sense of the space, we visited the residential area deep in the east side of Berlin. What we discovered at the end of the passageway was a small green oasis nestled between large concrete buildings. This stark contrast to the otherwise gray urban space inspired us to expand the greenery and transfer it to the walls.
As children, we are all fascinated by forests filled with exotic animals and little hiding places to discover. However, as adults living in an urban reality, this fascination and sense of discovery fades into the background.
During the design process, we decided to paint a jungle that evokes the imagination of both children and adults who live in or pass by the area. We wanted to create a place of discovery and added endangered animals that make you think about the rainforest and its creatures.
While painting onsite in Berlin Hellersdorf-Marzahn, we noticed the community's reaction to the animals appearing on the walls. Children approached us with compliments and questions and watched the progress all day. It was a joy to hear the positive effect our wall painting had on people and how it helped them see beyond the big concrete blocks around them.