Back in 1961, when the Berlin Wall was built, it went up over night, literally. First, it was barbed wire. Then, the concrete walls, landmines and watch towers came. This is how Berlin was split for almost 30 years until 1989 when a series of protests and too much bureaucracy caused the wall to come down.
This was 25 years ago and Berlin decided to commemorate the fall of the wall by bringing it back up for two days. But, this time, the Berlin Wall will be made of balloons full of light. And it is going to be beautiful.
A Berlin Wall Made of Light
The Lichtgrenze, like it is called, was designed by the light artist Christopher Bauder and film maker Marc Bauder of Whitevoid and Bauderfilm. The art installation will trace almost 20 kilometers of the 140 kilometers structure that used to circled the western part of Berlin. And will be made of more than 8.000 glowing white orbs, marking one part of the original path of the Berlin Wall. During two days from november 7th to november 9th, the german capital will be split between East and West, once again.
But the Lichtgrenze will be made of more than glowing balloons. Every 800 balloons, you will be able to find stories and memories from people that lived on both sides of the Wall. And, in six different locations along the path, you will be able to see historical footage of how was life in those areas when the wall was up. From the Brandenburg Gate to Potsdamer Platz and Checkpoint Charlie.
Until November 9 at 19:00, the Lichtgrenze will stay erected. Then, the balloons will be released into the Berlin sky. Scarring the city sky with light. We will be there to see it and so should you.