The Community of Madrid commemorates the importance of the Berlin Underground between 1961 and 1989 with a large mural at Plaza de Castilla station

The Community of Madrid commemorates the importance of the Berlin Underground between 1961 and 1989 with a large mural at Plaza de Castilla station.
The 40 square metre plastic strip, placed last Thursday, can be seen in the corridor of lines 1, 9 and 10 that gives access to the Canal Foundation. This initiative is in response to the celebration of the world's first major travelling exhibition, The Berlin Wall. A Divided World, which has chosen the Spanish capital as its inaugural venue. The work reproduces texts and photographs of people who managed to escape through the underground tunnel of this infrastructure with the help of the train drivers.

The Community of Madrid has installed a 40 square metre plastic strip in the corridor of the Plaza de Castilla station, on Metro lines 1, 9 and 10, which gives access to the Canal Foundation, on the occasion of the first major world travelling exhibition, The Berlin Wall. A Divided World, which has chosen the Spanish capital as its inaugural venue. With this initiative, the metropolitan company wants to highlight the important role played by the Berlin underground during the years of separation that the German city experienced from 1961 to 1989.

This way, the mural reproduces texts and photographs that tell the story of people who managed to escape through the underground tunnel, in some cases with the help of the staff themselves, such as the train drivers. It also illustrates how Berliners sought refuge within the underground network to protect themselves from air raids during World War II, the Berlin crisis and the outbreak of the Cold War.

The work also alludes to the construction of the Wall in 1961, when the stations that made up the eastern sector were closed and through which the lines that transferred passengers from one stop in the western area to another ran. From then on, these stops became what we know today as ghost spaces, retaining their appearance from the time they were closed until they were reopened almost 30 years later.

Mural at Plaza de Castilla station

The Community of Madrid commemorates the importance of the Berlin Underground between 1961 and 1989 with a large mural at Plaza de Castilla station
The Community of Madrid commemorates the importance of the Berlin Underground between 1961 and 1989 with a large mural at Plaza de Castilla station