In Transit Blog: The Berlin Wall’s Fall, Commemorated by Light

Written By wartini cantika on Sabtu, 20 September 2014 | 17.35

Photo A rendering of "Lichtgrenze" in Berlin.Credit Daniel Büche

The 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall will be observed with miles of light during the weekend of Nov. 7 to 9.

A commemorative "Lichtgrenze," a light installation with 8,000 helium balloons, will run along the former wall route for eight miles, from Bornholmer Strasse past Brandenburg Gate and through "Checkpoint Charlie," the wall's best-known crossing.

The idea is to encourage Berliners and visitors to walk the length of the former wall to remember the days when Germany was divided.

The project's director, Moritz van Dülmen, said that the illuminations were chosen because "it was a peaceful revolution and the symbol of light was very important to us." He cited the weekly vigils held at St. Nikolai church with people marching through the streets holding candles as a catalyst for the destruction of the wall.

The balloons will be lit on Friday afternoon on Nov. 7 after sunset and released in dovelike fashion on Sunday evening at 7 to coincide with a performance of part of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony conducted by Daniel Barenboim at the Brandenburg Gate; around one million attendees are expected.

Along with a temporary open-air exhibition that will showcase 100 stories along the wall will be a new permanent exhibition (the "Berlin Wall Memorial") that delves into the wall's history from 1961 to 1989; the exhibition t opens on Nov. 9.

Visitors are invited to submit wishes on the "Lichtgrenze" site; some of these will be written on postcards affixed to the balloons before they are released.


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