On Nov. 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall came tumbling down.
Now something very different stands in its place: the “Lichtgrenze,” or Border of Light.
As the New York Times reported, the Lichtgrenze is a massive installation of 8,000 illuminated, biodegradable balloons, tracing the route of the wall that divided the Communist-controlled eastern part of Berlin from the western parts of the city.
8000 lights are currently marking the historic path of the Berlin wall, it's such a powerful reminder. pic.twitter.com/mLu2YBJ3eE— Myko Clelland (@DapperHistorian) November 8, 2014
The installation was the work of Berlin lightning designer Christopher Bauder, 41, and his brother Marc.
“The wall was heavy, was big, was dark,” Bauder told the Times. “We wanted to contrast it with something ephemeral, light and potentially beautiful.”
Watch how the remarkable way the Lichtgrenze came together — and see what it means to the people of Berlin — in the video below:
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