If you go for a walk next to the Eisenacher Strasse in Marzahn-Hellersdorf, don’t forget to look up. There you will find the Balancierende Figuren, a group of sculptures created by Hubertus von der Goltz that decorate the apartment blocks in the area since 1997.
One of the best pieces of advice I remember getting when I started taking pictures like crazy was always looking up. There is always something hidden, out of sight, at the top of buildings. This is true once you get to Marzahn-Hellersdorf to take pictures.
We went there on a cold winter day in early 2021 just as an excuse to leave the house and see something different than the usual sights around Neukölln. And we were pretty surprised once we saw some sculptures on top of a building.
These larger than life sculptures made of aluminium are the work of Hubertus von der Goltz, a German artist born in 1941 and a Berlin resident since 1984. His goal with the artwork was to portray the balancing act of togetherness in everyday life.
His work was chosen by the Hellersdorf Housing Association, also known as WoGeHe, back in 1997 to make the apartments better for those who live there. The state-owned company uses 3% of its annual budget for design and art projects like this one.
On Eisenacher Strasse 61 and 63, close to the sky is where you can see flat figures that feel like they are perpetually floating above the building. The Balancierende Figuren, carefully balancing on the edge of the construction, forever.
If you want to visit the place as we did, you just need to follow the map below, and that is it.
Balancierende Figuren in Marzahn-Hellersdorf
Eisenacher Str. 63, 12629