"The Wall has been erased so quickly that there is hardly a trace of it in the streets. Only a small part of the most colourful section remains, like a gaudy headstone."
Dmitri Vrubel's painting of Erich Honecker and Leonid Brezhnev, part of the East Side Gallery - Credit: Joachim F. Thurn
This colourful section of remaining wall has been preserved as the East Side Gallery
. As the official website
says: 'The Berlin Wall East Side Gallery
is a 1.3km-long section of the wall near the center of Berlin. Approximately 106 paintings by artists from all over the world cover this memorial for freedom and make it the largest open air gallery in the world.'
This satirical painting – showing Erich Honecker and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev in an amorous embrace – has become one of the most famous images on the wall, indeed in the whole of Germany. There is some debate over whether the remaining sections of the wall should continue to be conserved and repaired. The original of this painting by Russian Dmitri Vrubel was, in fact, completely destroyed, much to the artist's anger.