At the top, the S-Bahn thunders to its next stop at Bellevue station, below which the high vaulted ceilings draw visitors to the Buchstabenmuseum deeper and deeper into the mysterious S-Bahn arches. For 15 years, the museum has been collecting neon signs, illuminated letters and lettering from public spaces to save these typographic treasures and their stories from destruction and oblivion.
In Berlin, the Letter Museum is almost still an insider tip, but so much has been reported internationally that visitors from all over the world come to see the »Typographic Wunderkammer«. The whole, colourful collection is a single invitation to take photographs, and there is no other way to cope with the inevitable enthusiasm for the variety of colours and shapes of the exhibits. But for its 15th birthday, the Buchstabenmuseum is getting another attraction – the »BERLIN Mural« – with an oversized wall design.
Chris Campe and Merle Michaelis paint the word »Berlin« on the floor, walls and ceiling. Each S-Bahn arch has an area of around 150 square meters, the vaults are over four and a half meters high – the painted letters will be so large that they dissolve into an abstract black and white stripe pattern and can only be recognized as writing at second glance.
About the Typo Artists
Chris Campe is a designer and author in Hamburg. With her office »All Things Letters« she is specialized in type and designs everything with letters: books, covers, logos, illustrations, rooms and walls.
Chris trained as a bookseller and studied communication design and cultural studies. She has published two books about Hamburg and three about type design. She is also one of the initiators of the »Berlin Letters Festival« and passes on her knowledge in workshops, lectures and social media.
Merle Michaelis is an artist and typographer in Kiel. She studied communication design at the Muthesius Academy of Art with a focus on typography and book design and subsequently specialised in lettering and calligraphy. In her artistic work she explores the parallels between calligraphy and martial arts. For this she writes in large format with brooms, broad brushes and the movement of her whole body. Merle Michaelis teaches college courses and workshops.