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A woman takes a photo of the East Side Gallery in Berlin, Friday, March 20, 2009. The longest still
standing stretch of the Berlin Wall is supposed to be completely redone for the 20th anniversary of
the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9, 2009.

20 Years Later, Fall of Berlin Wall to Be Artfully Celebrated

August 16, 2009 05:00 PM
by Sarah Amandolare
A Los Angeles commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall lends an artful touch to the historic event. Other cities also have unique remembrances planned.

Artists Rally Around Anniversary

The Wall Project has enlisted professional and amateur artists to create works for two separate locations across and along Wilshire Blvd., signifying East and West Berlin's separation. Work will be on display from Oct. 17 to Nov. 14, according to Diane Haithman of the Los Angeles Times. Traffic on Wilshire, one of the most hectic streets in the city, will stop for three hours on Nov. 8; Haithman explains that "[b]ecause of the time difference, it will already be Nov. 9 in Berlin, the day the wall came down in 1989."

Officials have called The Wall Project "the most ambitious commemoration ... outside of Germany," Haithman reports, and the formerly divided country plans to donate up to $40,000 of the estimated $500,000 price tag. Dignitaries invited to a Nov. 8 event in Los Angeles will participate in a reenactment, in which they'll "break down selected portions of the Wilshire wall, which will be placed directly in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art," Haithman writes.
Another artistic endeavor commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall comes courtesy of three German designers who, according to Sky News, have painted and arranged several mattresses to represent "the wall that divided East and West Germany from 1961 to 1989." Fittingly, the artists each came from different sides of Germany, and might never have met if the wall didn't come down.

Related Topic: Berlin travel

Berlin offers seasonal and cultural events to keep visitors and locals entertained, curious and busy. Despite much attention for its cultural achievements and elusive cool over the past year or two, Berlin still pulsates with energy. The city's artists, musicians and café scene remain invigorating, according to travel experts who've called Berlin a must-visit place in 2009.

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