Fall of the Berlin Wall

wall-of-lightsThis is just beautiful.  To commemorate the 25 year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the city set up 8,000 balloons on stands to illustrate where the wall used to be. Thousands upon thousands of people from all over visited this location recently and a grand concert was held in celebration.

I highly recommend reading this powerful article with many beautiful photos.

From the Daily Mail:

A quarter of a century after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the border between West and East has been lit up by 8,000 glowing balloons.

The bright orbs are part of the Lichtgrenze – or lightborder – art project, which has seen the balloons mark the dividing line that separated West and East Berlin for nearly 30 years.

An eight-mile stretch of the former border will be lit up until dusk on Sunday, when the orbs will be untethered and released into the sky.

The balloons pass landmarks such as Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag as they zig-zag their way through Berlin.

Beethoven’s Ode to Joy will ring out as the balls of light are released – a symbol of peace in Europe 25 years on from the Wall’s demolition.

Marc Bauder, who designed the art installation with his brother, Christopher Bauder, said: ‘We wanted to counter this ominous, heavy structure with something light.

‘Remembrance belongs to the people.’

A total of 138 people were killed along the Berlin wall from 1961 until 1989 as they tried to flee, some just months before peaceful protests opened the border.