Twenty-five years ago, dramatic images of Berliners tearing down the Berlin Wall to reclaim free movement between East and West circulated the globe. In November 2014, artist brothers Christopher and Marc Bauder will build the Berlin Wall anew. Instead of concrete and barbed wire, this time the border will materialize as a 12 kilometer light installation, constructed with glowing, helium-filled, biodegradable balloons.
The installation will stand as a “symbol of hope for a world without walls” when thousands of glowing spheres illuminate the former inner city line of the Wall for three days. Berliners and visitors are invited to stroll along the course of the Wall to feel the intensity and magnitude of the former division. Every 500 feet, personal memories and stories will connect visitors to people who lived on both sides of the impenetrable barrier. The symbolic rebuilding of the Berlin Wall will take place over the weekend of November the 9th.
At 7 p.m. on Sunday 9 November, 2014, volunteers will attach personal messages to the balloons then disconnect their strings, sending an array of lights floating into the sky like Chinese lanterns. With help from researchers at the University of Hanover, organizers have planned to mitigate the environmental impact of the release too: the balloons have been specially designed for the event to be completely biodegradable.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected in the city for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. We’re looking forward to more dramatic images of the city transformed to commemorate the historical breakthrough of 1989. And satellites at the ready! If the weather cooperates, the light installation will even be visible from outer space.