120,000 Ribbons Wave Across the Former Footprint of the Berlin Wall in an Installation Marking 30 Years Since the Peaceful Revolution


On November 9, 1989, German officials decided to allow residents of Communist East Germany to cross over and visit the Western, democratic half of the divided country. Though the complex process of physically and ideologically reunifying the country took about a year in total, November 9th is considered a landmark day. To celebrate 30 years since the Berlin Wall began to break down, artist Patrick Shearn (previously) was commissioned to create a large-scale installation that integrated the reflections and hopes of 30,000 people.

Visions in Motion was on view November 4th through 10th in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, a location that had previously been a demarcation of division. A statement from Poetic Kinetics explained, “the artwork’s rectangular shape conjures the form of the wall; but instead of a heavy, impenetrable border, the form takes flight.” The massive installation spanned 20,000 square feet and was comprised of 120,000 fabric streamers, a quarter of which featured hand-written messages that were collected in the months leading up to the display.[…]

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2 Responses to 120,000 Ribbons Wave Across the Former Footprint of the Berlin Wall in an Installation Marking 30 Years Since the Peaceful Revolution

  1. For me as a German that was one of the greatest moments. However, it annoys me that it is now presented by this News Agency as if East German officials decided to allow their citizens to go. It was not like that. It all started in summer 1989, when people fled en masse through Hungary and Czechoslovakia. That gave the East Germans – especially in Berlin – the courage to protest and try it directly from Germany. The officials only decided when they didn’t have a choice anymore, when people poured out of the country, forcing the borders. Even after the decision the same was not right away communicated to the soldiers at the borders, who luckily did not follow their standing orders to shoot people who tried to leave the country. They are the real heros, not the officials. The West German soldiers always let everybody in who fled from the East.

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