For 28 years, the Berlin Wall divided the city in two. It was built to prevent East Germans from fleeing to the West and became a symbol of communist dictators’ claim to power. 25 years ago, in autumn 1989, hundreds of thousands of East Germans protested the SED dictatorship in the GDR and ultimately toppled the Wall. Having forced open the border on 9th November 1989, Berliners joined together to celebrate their newly-regained freedom and the end of their city’s division.

The LICHTGRENZE installation is a 15-kilmetre stretch tracing the course of the Berlin Wall through the centre of Berlin. Thousands of glowing balloons between Bornholmer Strasse and Oberbaumbrücke will visually remind the public of how drastic and intrusive the division was for the people.

The light installation is accompanied by the open-air exhibition ‘100 Wall Stories’ (‘100 Mauergeschichten’). The presentation uses one hundred informative panels to tell moving stories from the divided city. The Berlin Wall stories tell of escape attempts, political propaganda and artistic interventions, of forbidden Wall photos and abandoned tube stations. The horrors of the division and victims of the Wall feature prominently in the exhibition, but also niches and open spaces found primarily on the West side in the shadow of the Wall.

Every 150 metres, visitors will find a commemorative panel describing notable events near the border where many of these events took place. Moving texts and historical photos shed light on a German-German past and invite viewers on a journey through divided Berlin. Embedded in the pulsing backdrop of the capital city, the exhibition also shows how drastically the city’s face has changed since the crumbling of the Wall.

On the evening of 9th November, 8,000 patrons will release the light balloons into the air, an act commemorating the joyful outcome of the 1989 Revolution: the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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