Sunday, November 22, 2009

Berlin Wall Honored and Replicated at LA's Wende Museum

Monday, November 9th marked the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  Los Angeles, Berlin's sister city, celebrated the night before with its own "fall of the wall."  The gala was hosted by The Wende Museum whose exhibit The Wall Project features two walls: the Wall Along Wilshire and the Wall Across Wilshire. The Wall Along Wilshire is a 40 foot stretch of the actual Berlin Wall known as the Eastside Gallery.  This segment was made famous by various artists who came from all over the world to paint along the wall.  It is the longest segment of the Berlin Wall outside of Berlin. The wall is currently on display at 5900 Wilshire Boulevard and is part of The Wende Museum's permanent collection. The Wall Across Wilshire is an 80 foot stylized replica of the Berlin Wall painted by Shepard Fairey, a variety of graffiti artists, as well as art faculty and students from USC, UCLA and LMU. At midnight on Sunday, November 8th, this specially designed wall "fell" as crowds cheered celebrating 20 years of the unification of East and West Berlin.

Read more on The Wall Project in the KiptonART Online Magazine.
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Photo courtesy of The Wende Museum.
Photo: A portion of the Eastern Gallery

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