The Berks Pretzel Collection

In partnership with Reading's sister city, Reutlingen, Germany; this project brought together  mnay local artists and youth from both cities to form a remarkable collection of paintings based on a pretzel shape.

Reading State Office Building

South 7th Street, 

Reading, PA 19602

Project Support


Science Research Institute at Albright College

Berks Arts

Wyomissing Area Jr. - Sr. High School

Mural design and fabrication:

Total Experience Learning Summer Program Students 

Youth from Johannes-Kepler-Gymnasium, 

Reutlingen, Germany

Governor Mifflin High School Art Students

Local artists

Project completion


About the Project

   The Berks Pretzel Collection began with Reading’s participation in a Street Art Festival in Reutlingen, Germany (Reading’s sister city) in May 2019.  Local artists sent about 80 small paintings of pretzels shown in many different styles. 

Our local collection became an extension of that original project and includes the work of local artists as well as students of the Johannes-Kepler-Gymnasium in Reutlingen, Germany.  The collection was painted in the early days of the Covid 19 Pandemic, which required some adaptive painting studios for better ventilation.   The State Building site is highly accessible to pedestrians and displays nearly one hundred paintings.

The Berks pretzel collection continues to grow, with plans to install more of these paintings throughout Berks County.