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  • From one of the highest towers, I watched a couple of young men climb their way up and around a wing of the station. One of them picks up a discarded spray canister from the ground and claims a piece of the wall to himself.

    While it may not be a secret to most locals in Berlin, trespassing this former radar station at Teufelsberg felt like one to me. Like a kind of forgotten story tucked away in a forest to rot. A friend of mine from Berlin had clued me in about this intriguing location. Originally built by the United States, the decommissioned radar station has been left neglected after the Cold War. The structure sits atop the man-made hill Teufelsberg ("Devil's Mountain") with its three brutalized white geodesic domes gaping out at the former West Berlin.

    There is an air of solemnness as I make me way out of the building. All the vitality to what the former radar status was has been gone and replaced by a different kind of generation.

    Layers of graffiti art and messages tattooed throughout the entire radar building's exterior and interior gives the station a new persona.. An almost rebellious, if not clandestine, persona. Gnarled steel reach out like skeletal fingers and curve in like rib cage. Mangled cables trailed like networks of arteries and capillaries.

    I watched the few visitors wander in an out of dark crevices to the building remind me of invading bacteria. We are sort of invading it.

    I found air ducts running below the surface's ground triggering my curiosity of the station's history. A wonder of secrecy, maybe.

    Shortly after the end of World War II, many Nazi-related buildings were destroyed. One of the places the Allies, in particular, had encountered was a half-built Nazi military technical school. The Allies decided to bury it with the rubble from the war-torn Berlin, thus erecting a hill that would soon become a ski slope and then a radar station.
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