Sunday Stills – Colourful murals tell stories

Murals tell stories all around the world – these are two of the stories I found in my travels.  It is hard to believe that so many life-changing events have happened within my lifetime. 

I was inspired by the murals that appeared following the Christchurch earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. Amidst the devastation and destruction of so many buildings there were some walls still standing. These became locations for sharing messages of hope, and a bit of humour too.  

Other murals remind us of world changing events.  

The Berlin Wall was built in 1961, creating such division across families, across countries and across the political divide. Throughout the world the ramifications were felt, and then it was brought down.

The stories painted on the walls during and post the Berlin wall tell stories of despair but then hope.


Living in a world of colourful murals gives me hope for the future.

Day 22. The kiss that said it all

Originally from a photo taken in October 1979, of Brezner and Honecker greeting each other at a meeting of socialist states to celebrate 30 years of the GDR in East Berlin. 

This painting was painted on the Eastern side of the Berlin Wall in 1990 then recreated in 2009 for the East Side Gallery.

“In this painting, there’s one German and one Russian, and the Berlin Wall is about the same thing but in reverse: here  there’s total love, while the Berlin Wall separates two worlds — it was a perfect fit.”   – Vrubel, the artist , explains how both the location and the characters give meaning to the painting. 

I took this photo of the artwork in 2018. My take on today’s prompt.

This is is a response to a Flash Fiction prompt from ‘Putting My Feet In the Dirt’, July Writing Prompts hosted by ‘M’