Artwork series about the War memorial and military cemetery in Berlin's Treptower Park
The Monument was built after the end of World War II. The Soviet architect Yakov Belopolsky designed it as part of a triptych together with the Rear-front Memorial in Magnitogorsk and The Motherland Calls in Volgograd. The composition of the War Memorial was typical for the style of Socialist Realism Sculpture and the brutalist architecture of the Soviet Union of the late 40's. The sword of the sculpture "Warrior Liberator" was dropped to the ground after the victory in Berlin and symbolizes the end of the "Great Patriotic War".
The War Monument - Treptower Park remembers and honours the 80.000 young soldiers who lost their lives in the final battle for the Third Reich capital. The men are buried beneath the weeping birch trees and sculptures.
In post soviet East Berlin, the War Memorial is a gruesome site and reminds us of the cruelty and ferocious violence of World War II. In the same time it refers to Stalin communist ideology and the inevitable effects of communism as a whole on human liberties.