Tuesday, 25 May 2010

"Longest Stretch of Berlin Wall outside Berlin"

"The longest stretch of the Berlin Wall in the world, outside of Berlin" (a voice, in Brian1979d, 2009) was constructed in Los Angeles for the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Wall. The event was organised by the Wende Museum to honour "the cultural and historical implications of the fall of the Wall" including Thierry Noir, who was one of the first artists to paint on the Berlin Wall in 1984, and Shepard Fairey, whose "HOPE" portrait of Barack Obama became an "iconic image and helped inspire an unprecedented political movement" [The Wende Museum, 2010].

Shepard Fairey for The Wall Project
"The two sides of the Berlin Wall segment that stands outside the Wende Museum in Culver City speak volumes. The side that once faced West Berlin is painted with colorfully interlocking cartoon faces by Thierry Noir, a French artist, but the other side, which the East would have seen, is dull gray concrete. It's a tidy encapsulation of the polarities of the wall." (Cheng, 2007) 
Speaking of the exhibition "Facing the Wall: Living With the Berlin Wall" which had been curated in the previous years, the founder of the museum Justinian Jampol claims "We begin to come to terms with our own past by seeing what was going on on the other side as well" and that "there's no way you can come away without with a certain amount of self-reflection" where (Cheng, 2007).

Berlin Wall 20th Anniversary Celebrations. [Online]
http://www.germany.info/Vertretung/usa/en/__pr/GKs/LOSA/2009/11/02WallEvents.html [25/05/2010]
Brian1979d (2009) Berlin Wall Installation Ceremony in Los Angeles. [Online]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhL16zI14eo [25/05/2010]
Cheng, S. (2007) On View: In the Wake of the Wall. [Online]
http://articles.latimes.com/2007/oct/07/entertainment/ca-wende7 [25/05/2010]
German Missions in the United States (2009) A Day that Changed the World: Be a Part of the Fall of the Wall. [Online]
http://www.germany.info/Vertretung/usa/en/09__Press__InFocus__Interviews/03__Infocus/04__Without__Walls/__Main__S.html [25/05/2010]
Wende Museum, The [2010] The Wall Project. [Online]
http://www.wendemuseum.org/downloads/WallProject_JAN14_2010.pdf [25/05/2010]