URBAN NATION X EMILY ELDRIDGE New facade design celebrates Kreuzberg’s diversity

  • by Nancy Henze

Characterized by different people and communities, Kreuzberg offers cultural diversity and is considered a place of longing for many young people. As a creative place, the district stands for freedom, the willingness to experiment, and a colorful coexistence. The American artist Emily Eldridge, who has only lived in Berlin for a short time, is impressed by the diversity in the Kreuzberg district and is using this as an opportunity to design a new URBAN NATION One Wall.
Her creative work encompasses a variety of media – from murals and street art to editorial illustrations, graphic design and much more. Inspired by fashion, pop culture, and everyday life, she aims to create eye-catching and visually bold images with witty and humorous elements.

From March 17th -20th, viewers can watch the street artist design the façade at Wassertorstraße 63/64 in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

The artwork will be entitled “The Thread That Ties Us Together”.

“In the Kreuzberg neighborhood, different backgrounds and cultures sometimes make it seem as if the differences between us are greater than the similarities. So, what do we have in common? As a non-born Berliner, I drew my inspiration for the project from my own experiences. How can I contribute to a city that is still new to me and culturally so different from what I have experienced so far? When I thought about this mural, I realized that we are all Berlin and belong to Berlin. Our city, neighborhood, and home hold us together here. We may all come from many places in the world, but all of us who live here make the city what it is. That connects us and is something we should celebrate,” Eldridge said.

With the 66th One Wall, URBAN NATION is creating another work of facade art, acting as a museum not only indoors but also outdoors. The face of the city is permanently changed by urban art and encourages viewers to linger and reflect. In this way, each URBAN NATION One Wall conveys an artistic position, as the artists always deal with the surroundings in order to create an individual work.

The One-Wall program is curated by the director of the URBAN NATION Museum, Jan Sauerwald.