Poster tunneling

Thick hoarding of posters on a busy street, with a deep hole cut in the posters

Is this street art or the beginning of a cleanup effort? On Monday, I stopped halfway across Warschauer Brücke to investigate this tunnel cut through hundreds of old wallpaper-pasted posters, almost elbow deep.

Close up of many layers of ragged-edged paper

The poster accumulations in Berlin-Friedrichshain can reach monumental proportions, especially the ones around lampposts, where a thick layer of posters means more surface area for new posters. Does anyone know how the sanitation department removes them — does it involve cutting a deep hole and letting the elements work at it until the posters are easier to remove? Or is this street art?

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