The Berlin icon
And although Ampel men may not be alien, they certainly faced alienation and the threat of extinction after Berlin’s reunification. Until the people protested that was. Yes, the Ampelmann icon is an institution and they wanted him back. They rejected the new smaller green figure that was to replace Mr Ampel and let their opinions be heard with their slogan “We are the people”. They succeeded and since the late 90’s Ampelmann has regained his rightful place as Berlin’s symbol of traffic safety. Check him out as you cross the roads. And long may he live!