Berlin
Germany
An der Urania International Stele Always Remember since 30 November 2010
without names
You can't miss it, if you walk from U-Bahnhof Wittenbergplatz to U-Bahnhof Nollendorfplatz: on a grassy island at the intersection with Martin-Luther-Straße: it breathes the air of a grave monument. On the ground plate, people place white stones (laying around the plate) to remember a loved one. I put a stone for my longtime companion Erwin Matalla with whom I spent 5 exciting years in Berlin from 1983 to 1988.

I got a bit puzzled by the many logos of the sponsors on the side of the stele. The spot is absolutely terrific because lots of people pass by, any kind of people: gays and lesbians, Berliners and tourists. I watched many of them suddenly halting their movement and becoming curious.

The ground plate has two inscriptions, the upper one reads
"...somewhere over the rainbow..."
"...wenn ich die Augen schliess, dann seh ich dich...".

"The lower one reads
Stirbt ein Elternteil, so stirbt die Vergangenheit,
stirbt ein Partner, so stirbt die Gegenwart,
stirbt ein Kind, so stirbt die Zukunft.

29 May 2011
Jörn Wolters, Amsterdam