Osman Kalin, the man behind the Treehouse, was a Turkish worker who had come to Berlin in search of a better life. Undeterred by the restrictions and tensions of the divided city, he found solace in a small triangular traffic island nestled between the East and West Berlin border walls. This neglected patch of land had been used as a rubbish dump by local residents and it now became his canvas. In the 1980s, he began transforming it into a personal sanctuary, piece by piece, using discarded materials and found objects.
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