Haus des Lehrers

As you may well be aware, I do love a good socialist mosaic and have been an admirer of artist Walter Womacka for quite some time now. I even travelled to the East German town of Eisenhüttenstadt a couple of years ago to check out his work in the town hall as well on a building facade on the high street but you don't have to travel to far flung places (ok, it's not really that far flung, Eisenhüttenstadt is only about an hour and a half east of Berlin), there is one right in the centre of Berlin. Titled "Unser Leben" (Our Life), it depicts every day life in the German Democratic Republic and is wrapped around the facade of the Haus des Lehrers (House of the teacher, built between 1962 and 1964) to the height of about two floors and, as with all good socialist mosaics, there's obviously a scientist, at least a couple of farmers, some construction workers and most important of all, a Friedenstaube (peace dove).

Make sure you check it out next time you're in Berlin, it's just around the corner from Alexanderplatz.

Haus des Lehrers, Alexanderstraße 9, 10178 Berlin