Strolling along the Spree river promenade, opposite the Berliner Dom, I suddenly noticed something happening on the wall above me.
One of the statues was dressed in a denim jacket. Remember when those jackets were the bees knees? Well, they’ve been back for some time now and you can see them everywhere. Even on statues.
There seemed to be some posing going on – a photo for Instagram perhaps?
I’m sure it’s a stunning shot from the other side as well!
Not to be outdone by these girls, I decided to pose a bit myself. I had to wait quite a bit though, as the girls were taking shot after shot to get the perfect photo, which naturally took ages as each shot had to be carefully inspected before being discarded or approved!
This group of statues, “Three Girls One Boy”, are by German sculptor Wilfried Fitzenreiter. However, this is not their original post, as they used to be in the middle of a fountain near the Palasthotel. At the time, they were sitting in a cluster, close together, as seen here. When the original hotel was demolished in 2000, due to asbestos, the statues were stored away till 2007 when they found their place here, on the wall.
The original Palasthotel is another story entirely, but just to give you a short summary, it was located in East Germany and housed mainly foreign guests. The East German residents were not allowed inside due to all the western influences present in the hotel. Palasthotel was also known as a “Stasi-nest”, as Stasi officers monitored their guests with all kinds of surveillance equipment in elevators, rooms, corridors and restaurants to gain information. The history of the hotel is very similar to the Viru hotel in Tallinn, Estonia, where the KGB kept watch. The original Viru hotel still stands.
This post is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge. This week’s theme is “posing”. Have a look here!