The mosaic frieze Our Life is Europe’s largest work of art, measured by area. Comprising approx. 800,000 individual tiles, it extends around two storeys of the Haus des Lehrers, which is located on Alexanderplatz and was designed by Hermann Henselmann. Walter Womacka designed and produced the monumental frieze, measuring seven metres in height and 125 metres in length, between 1962 and 1964 in cooperation with other artists.
The work was commissioned following a competition launched by the GDR Ministry of Culture. Henselmann’s plans for the building included a frieze facade around the third and fourth floors. Womacka was later put in charge of designing this frieze. The two windowless storeys behind the frieze were allocated to the archives of the central education library.