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The Fall of the Wall

Crowds of people celebrate around the Germany Parliament tonight.

This is pretty neat. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall, 8,000 balloons will light up the skies over the footprint of the Berlin Wall. For the past few days the Lichtgrenze glowed in place of the old wall, tonight the balloons were released to the heavens.

The first blows to bring down the Berlin Wall were struck nearly 25 years ago to the day. This was after almost three decades of the concrete barricade cutting through the heart of Berlin and splitting the city in two. Today, Berlin is once again divided, this time by an 11-foot-tall wall of illuminated balloons.

The Lichtgrenze (translation: “border of light”) will stretch for 10 miles along the same path as the original 96-mile structure. The 8,000 balloons will begin at Bornholmer Street border crossing, one of the former checkpoints between East and West Germany, and snake their way through Berlin’s city center to the Oberbaum Bridge, blocking roads along the way and cutting off car access just like the Berlin Wall did decades ago.

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On the evening of Sunday, Nov. 9, 8,000 citizens will line up with a key in hand, each responsible for unlocking a balloon. One by one, the balloons will lift off their stands and float into the sky, carrying personal messages with them. “It’ll be like a chain reaction going through the city,” says Christopher. It’s meant to be a moment of reflection and catharsis—the conclusion of a truly singular light show.

Here’s a photo essay of the installation from the Atlantic. There’s a serenity to the design.

And a video from the festivities committee:


Lichtgrenze

From 7 to 9 November 2014, the inner city Berlin is temporarily shared by the Bornholm road on the Wall Park and the memorial on Bernauer Strasse, the Reichstag, past the Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie to the East Side Gallery: form 8000 white, shining balloon LIGHT LIMIT along the former course of the Wall that once again recalls the division of Berlin from 25 years ago. The LIGHT LIMIT will call by its strong, emotional visual power of the dimension and also the brutality of the Berlin Wall in remembrance. The climax of the jubilee let the balloon godparents in a spectacular action this community along the entire length of the installation – flying in the sky – among others at the Brandenburg Gate in the Wall Park and the East Side Gallery.

Via Wired

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The Fall of the Wall

Crowds of people celebrate around the Germany Parliament tonight.

This is pretty neat. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall, 8,000 balloons will light up the skies over the footprint of the Berlin Wall. For the past few days the Lichtgrenze glowed in place of the old wall, tonight the balloons were released to the heavens.

The first blows to bring down the Berlin Wall were struck nearly 25 years ago to the day. This was after almost three decades of the concrete barricade cutting through the heart of Berlin and splitting the city in two. Today, Berlin is once again divided, this time by an 11-foot-tall wall of illuminated balloons.

The Lichtgrenze (translation: “border of light”) will stretch for 10 miles along the same path as the original 96-mile structure. The 8,000 balloons will begin at Bornholmer Street border crossing, one of the former checkpoints between East and West Germany, and snake their way through Berlin’s city center to the Oberbaum Bridge, blocking roads along the way and cutting off car access just like the Berlin Wall did decades ago.

[…]

On the evening of Sunday, Nov. 9, 8,000 citizens will line up with a key in hand, each responsible for unlocking a balloon. One by one, the balloons will lift off their stands and float into the sky, carrying personal messages with them. “It’ll be like a chain reaction going through the city,” says Christopher. It’s meant to be a moment of reflection and catharsis—the conclusion of a truly singular light show.

Here’s a photo essay of the installation from the Atlantic. There’s a serenity to the design.

And a video from the festivities committee: (more…)

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