Thursday, May 05, 2011

Yesterday Today

Yesterday Today by Liza Hirst

acryliques on canvas panel - Acryl auf Malplatte - acryliques sur carton entoilé
15 cm x 15 cm / 5,9" x 5,9"
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Berlin. While studying in Berlin about 30 years ago I stood near this "Quadriga" many times, looking at it from just behind the western side of the Berlin wall. The world stopped right there and the country behind the wall was an unknown, mysterious, frightening and strange no man's land. I imagined how great it would be if one could continue walking on under the Brandenburg Gate and along the street "Unter den Linden". I cannot describe the strirring emotions I had when visiting this spot again these last days, actually walking through the gate and onwards, able to explore the formerly forbidden territory.

6 comments:

Ulrike Miesen-Schürmann said...

Huch, das kenne ich, habe es im Winter aus der Ferne gesehen. Inzwischen ist das Durchwandeln selbstverständlich, aber auch ich stand 1984 noch auf einer dieser merkwürdigen Aussichtsplattformen, um über die Mauer zu schauen.

A.Decker said...

Beautiful painting. That must have been a great experience.

Carmen Beecher said...

Hard to believe it was only 30 years ago. Beautifully painted and beautifully written.

Liza Hirst said...

Hallo Ulrike,
Ja, es scheint tatsächlich inzwischen selbstverständlich, da man auch kaum noch erkennen kann, wo die Mauer einmal verlief. Für mich war es jedoch alles andere als selbstverständlich - es war fast unwirklich und sehr bewegend.

Liza Hirst said...

Thank you A.Decker. It was indeed quite euphoric.

Liza Hirst said...

Thank you Carmen. Actually, I can't believe it is already 30 years ago!
Time flies so quickly...