Glowing Balloons Trace Berlin Wall Route

November 9, 2014  |   News,   World
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The “Lichtgrenze,” or Border of Light, a temporary public art project is meant to evoke the brutal division of the past. At the same time, its use of modern materials and techniques symbolizes how much the city and the world around it have changed in a quarter-century.

To remind Berliners and others of the night when the Communist authorities effectively made it possible for East Germans to travel, Berlin organizers are retracing more than eight miles of the inner-city border with an installation of 8,000 illuminated balloons — biodegradable, of course, in this environmentally conscious country — which are to be released on tonight — 9 November 2014.

Read more about this extraordinary story in Melissa Eddy’s article in the New York Times.