If there was ever a year to visit the Berlin Wall 2014 is it, as it marks the 25th anniversary of its historical fall. On November 9th, there will be events held by VisitBerlin across the city to commemorate this important turn in German history. One of the main highlights will be the unveiling of a new temporary wall, which will be decorated with thousands of illuminated white balloons that can be seen from Outer Space.
As we were walking along the East Side Gallery, we came to a separation in the wall that allowed us to go around to see the other side of it. Instead of more murals there was Wall On Wall, a photo exhibition of walls that separate people worldwide. Kai Wiedenhöfer, the photographer and brilliant mastermind behind this project, wanted to show that walls cannot solve political conflicts. According to him, “walls obviously define friend and foe, inside and outside. Walls are oppressive exclusions and again and again also dictatorial confinements. In other words, walls are inhuman no matter what kind of architectural design or ideological justification is used for them.” This exhibition is an important reminder that there are still walls to this day. Below is an example of one of his photographs, which was taken at the Tijuana, Mexico/California, USA border in 2008.
The rest of the group I was with wanted to see another part of the wall, while my heart was set on seeing something across the street from it. One of of my favorite artists, Romero Britto, designed a gorgeous “Best Buddies Friendship Bear” statue and it is dedicated to the city of Berlin by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in honor of people with intellectual disabilities who inspire their communities.
Then we hopped on a bus and headed towards the Western part of Berlin. The capitol’s mayor once said, “Berlin is poor, but sexy.” I am not sure about the poor part, but I can definitely see its sex appeal!
Our late evening flight to Düsseldorf via AirBerlin had us arriving just in time for dinner and drinks.