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

deutschlandhalle vanished

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 i did not have much relation to that building. i never visited an event in there, not even recognized it, when it was still in service. since my kids start to go to a school nearby, we cycle by nearly every day, but than it is already unused, an empty shell. the longer it stays empty the more obviuos it will not last much longer (though i not really follow the decision-making about its fait). so it should not have been a suprise, when there one day is a fence around the hall and diggers appeare. i love to draw diggers, and while doing so i think, i might draw the whole process of demolition. deutschlandhalle_231111 the outer buildings are quickly crunched but than not much seems to happen, a bit of peeling and sorting away the turret, but my drawings are sometimes more about the hall as it always appeared to me, presumably location of grande celebration at night in its gone good times - zappa, hendrix, berliner eisbären etc performing - on everyday and now a huge box on parking ground. i like its brash design, an 50ties interpretation of its original pre-war classicistic (fascist) appearance. this pragmatic approach, reuse of a hall with removement of its corrupted symbolic exaggeration, this process of unsentimental adaption, has my sympathy._eutschlandhalle_011211 jaffestr_131211 jaffestr_030112
the big lettering is removed by climbers - '......HLANDHALLE' when i leave - last act of cleaning before the blast. there is a bit of attention in press on occasion of that sensational event, but the boom itself is decent and casual as the whole process of demolition: the roof collapses exactly as planned and falls inside the unharmed facade ring. aside from the vanished turret the outer appearance is unchanged. only at one backside diggers crunch a gap and rumour inside.
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in janurary the diggers start to scratch of the facade, so one can spot the inner emptyness through the few meters wide concrete grid, that used to be siderooms and infrastructure. the visual most spectacular batch, the caving of this structure, happens under icecold blue sky, sketched only unsufficently due to hostile climate conditions...

with upcoming spring there is only rubble left, that is sorted for recycling and carried away by dump trucks. dirt falls of and is washed away by a small street sweeper.
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view complete set of sketches on flickr or set of posts on berlin.USk.

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