Miami Artists Take On Mission To Revive Abandoned German Theme Park

A group of self-proclaimed visionaries, including Miami-based artist Augustina Woodgate and Spinello Projects director Anthony Spinello, want to raise enough money to revive a long-abandoned theme park “sleeping” amid a forest in East Berlin. Originally called Kulturpark Plänterwald, the park was built in 1969 by the German Democratic Republic and “was a rare site for Soviet amusement and attraction,” according to the group that wants to bring the park back to life.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the park passed into private ownership and, then, in 2001, it closed down. Today the park is a surreal land of life-size dinosaurs, overturned in weed-choked clearings, and rusty bridges robbed of their former whimsy. A 40-meter-high Ferris wheel stands motionless among the the trees. Keep reading at


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