Meet the Correspondent: Omar Jaramillo > Berlin$show=/search/label/Omar%20Jaramillo

"I was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where I studied architecture. I moved to Kassel (Germany) in 1999 to accomplish a master degree. Although I have always drawn and paint, it was not until I started studying in the Uni-Kassel, that I started keeping a travel sketchbook. I had a teacher there who used to do a lot of sketches when he travelled on university excursions. When he retired, I helped to organize an exhibition of his sketches. He brought a huge box full of sketchbooks he had filled since he was an architecture student. I spent a whole day selecting the most interesting drawings. It was a wonderful experience that opened my eyes to a new world. In the last 10 years I have the feeling of being in a long journey. I like to discover the cities where I live, to understand why a place is the way it is and what makes it different and unique from others. Drawing is for me a way to learn to love a place, to become part of it. I like to draw architecture but I am more attracted to urban scenery, portraying how people live in the city. Since I’m a foreigner, everything that locals find normal and taken-for-granted, for me is exotic. I always carry a small watercolor travel set from Windsor and Newton and my sketchbook in my bag. I always thought that drawing was a solitary experience until I found Urban Sketchers. It was amazing to find so many people doing the same thing. It is a great place to share!" • Omar's blog. • Omar's art on flickr. • Omar's website.

Meet the Correspondent: Luis Ruiz > Malaga, Spain$show=/search/label/Luis%20Ruiz

messe nord

a100 | spiegelweg

The motorway A100, sliced into the city in the 60ties and 70ties, follows the circular rail.

When coming to Berlin in 2000 i wondered about these abandoned platforms at the stations of the circular rail, like the one you see on the right, at Station "Messe Nord (Witzleben)". And i spotted unused busstop-structures at the motorway. I had to use the wikipedia, to learn this:

The circular rail was run by the GDR-Reichsbahn, even in West-Berlin, so a lot of West-Berliners boycotted it.
1980, after a strike of the GDR-stuff, the circular rail was shut over night. It is reopened now, but some lines run different, so some platforms seem to have remained it the state, they have been left 1980.

As an Alternative, there were bus-lines on the circular motorway A100. The busstops were directly at the motorway, and there were stair-structures, to acess them. The first i spotted was one at Jakob-Kaiserplatz, i sketched last year and that is now demolished.

At Messe Nord (on the todays drawing on top) the stairs, that lead to the motorway-busstop below are harder to find: The entrance seems to be in the cubic building at the very left, that now contains the "bistro guenes" (in summer 2009 right) - i have visited and sketched this several times, without noticing its hidden history.



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