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Stanley Tigerman
American, 1930–2019

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Defined by Tigerman as “An Edenic Myth / Denied,” this drawing of Berlin examines the symbolic and formal relationship of West Berlin and East Berlin. Stemming from ideas in this drawing, the Berlin Wall Project was developed prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, for a competition commemorating Berlin’s 750th anniversary. Here Tigerman aimed to integrate the wall into the urban fabric of Berlin and reconnect its disjointed halves. Formally, the division of the city resembles the cleaving Tigerman has used throughout his career. Highlighted by a procession of trees, the bifurcation of the city is left intact in order to retain the Cold War’s indelible effect. Making an analogy between the biblical explusion of Adam from Eden to the rise of the wall in 1961, Tigerman’s design retains a physical memory of the city’s conflict yet begins the healing process via passageways connecting East with West. As with Eden before the Fall, for Tigerman there is no going back to Berlin before the wall: the wound of 1961 is irreparable.


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Architecture and Design


Stanley Tigerman (Architect)




United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Designed 1987


Ink on paper


21 × 14.2 cm (8 1/4 × 5 9/16 in.)

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Gift of Stanley Tigerman

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© Stanley Tigerman, Tigerman McCurry Architects.

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