25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall
For more than 28 years, the 96-mile stretch of solid concrete around West Berlin that cut off the East was just as much of a physical boundary as it was a symbolic division lining the Iron Curtain.
The Berlin Wall – first erected Aug. 13, 1961 – represented the political oppression of the Cold War that splintered a city in half, separated friends and families, and marked where more than 100 people died trying to cross.
Iconic photos at the scene from when citizens first learned the wall would fall capture their pent-up emotions following weeks of unrest that culminated in celebrations out of a peaceful revolution.
Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, when Germans from East and West Berlin rushed to the climb over the barriers and become united once again. To honor the historic day, the border that cut through the heart of the city is back. But exchanging columns of concrete divides with 8,000 illuminated balloons, brother duo Marc and Christopher Bauder set up an art installation through Berlin as a beacon of light to pay tribute to the city’s dark past.
“We wanted to counter this ominous, heavy structure with something light,” said Marc Bauder, according to NBC News.
More balloons are scheduled through the anniversary weekend, when on Sunday, crowds at the Brandenburg Gate and six other locations will see white balloons released into the sky, commemorating exactly 25 years after the Berlin was was toppled.