Thursday, November 12, 2009

Festival of Freedom

On Monday, Berlin celebrated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with their Fest der Freiheit (Festival of Freedom/Liberty). It was quite a spectacle, with 1000 2.5 meter-tall dominoes (painted by members of various organizations) lined up from the Spree River to Potsdamer Platz. They recreated the fall of the wall by toppling the dominoes.

We missed the actual event but saw the dominoes set up before-hand. An extraordinarily impressive array of designs illustrating what the fall of the wall meant to a variety of people (including our little artist!). This video shows the view from Potsdamer Platz as the dominoes fell, with marvelous percussion by Stamping Feet.

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