Accompanying The Shadowboxing Woman

görlitzer park

On Görlitzer Park

The railway station Görlitzer Bahnhof was in Kreuzberg, the southeastern-most corner of West Berlin. The station building was demolished in the late 1980s, as it was no longer in use. For a time, the site was an unofficial park with a tunnel cutting underneath it. People held impromptu gatherings and sought shelter from the police there during the first of May riots that began around the same time.

Now the site is an official park, on summer weekends spilling over with friends and families holding barbecues, playing football or just splashing in puddles like when we went there. A bridge links to the former East Berlin borough of Treptow, and the remains of the pedestrian tunnel are still visible. A few former railway outhouses have recently been converted to cafés and venues.

The strange amphitheatre-like construction on the hill is all that’s left of an attempt to recreate the Pamukkale terraces in Turkey, a tribute to Kreuzberg’s many Turkish residents.


Görlitzer Park

Görlitzer Park

Görlitzer Park

I run through the cool hollow strewn with glass, crumpled tissues and drink packs, clamping off my nasal breathing as I used to as a child to avoid the pissy stench of corners like this.

Photo: Jason Danziger


Görlitzer Park

Görlitzer Park

Görlitzer Park

Daylight makes the room look larger. In the rear part is a scaffold of piled chairs. A second door, wide open, leads outside. Weeds grow in the sand on its threshold.

Photo: Jason Danziger


Görlitzer Park

Görlitzer Park

‘Görlitzer Bahnhof.’ The tannoy voice announcing the station sounds surprisingly close. At the same elevation as me, a train has released its brakes and is moving slowly across the bridge.

Photo: Katy Derbyshire


Görlitzer Park

Görlitzer Park

Görlitzer Park

One side of the sandy hill falls off steeply, ending at a wall; the other crosses over to the roof of a swimming pool in the shape of a ship, stuck with murky skylights reminiscent of chewing gum bubbles.

Photo: Jason Danziger