December 29, 2015

The Path of the Red Flag

“The Path of The Red Flag”. That’s the name of this mural that decorates one of the walls of Dresden’s Palace of Culture since 1969 (work for it started in 1968). It’s not easy to miss it, as it’s 30 meters long by 10 meters high (that’s about 33 feet by 99 feet). It is made of colored glass on concrete slabs.

Dresden mural

The path of the red flag

The mural features imagery of the old German Democratic Republic (GDR), and many common socialist themes like the role of teachers and the power of the working class.

The center piece, the fearless woman holding the red flag represents the spirit of the people of Dresden and their strength to rebuild the city from the ruins of World War II.

The red flag woman