Herakut Mural

Hidden Berlin Instagram feed (30 August 2015)

“If I knew the world ended tomorrow, I’d still plant an apple tree today.” Martin Luther allegedly made this promise. And over 500 years later, his words adorn a young woman cradling her child on the 9-storey high façade opposite Greifwalder Straße station. Artist duo Herakut created the mural in May 2015. The pair may be from Germany, but they wanted to create a mural that spoke to viewers from across the globe – so before they began painting, they reached out to their Facebook following of over 90,000, asking: “Could you help us with a translation?” Fans worldwide chipped in to share their language’s take on Luther’s words – and the final painting contains 20 translations of the phrase. It’s an empowering message; Herakut write on their website that they were drawn to the idea of using our short time on earth to create life rather than destruction. The calmness, love and tinge of sadness in this mother’s eyes make for a haunting image – but one that’s also strangely uplifting. #StreetArt #Urban #HiddenBerlin #BRLN #SprayArt #Motivation #Art #Mural #PrenzlauerBerg #Empower #Herakut #HiddenBerlinPlaces #MartinLuther #Perspective #Photography #Artwork #City #VisitBerlin #Powerful #Peace #Berlin

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Text: “If I knew the world ended tomorrow, I’d still plant an apple tree today.” Martin Luther allegedly made this promise. And over 500 years later, his words adorn a young woman cradling her child on the 9-storey high façade opposite Greifwalder Straße station. Artist duo Herakut created the mural in May 2015. The pair may be from Germany, but they wanted to create a mural that spoke to viewers from across the globe – so before they began painting, they reached out to their Facebook following of over 90,000, asking: “Could you help us with a translation?” Fans worldwide chipped in to share their language’s take on Luther’s words – and the final painting contains 20 translations of the phrase. It’s an empowering message; Herakut write on their website that they were drawn to the idea of using our short time on earth to create life rather than destruction. The calmness, love and tinge of sadness in this mother’s eyes make for a haunting image – but one that’s also strangely uplifting.

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