Tuesday, December 18, 2018

L.A. Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Fall of Berlin Wall


Sunday night at midnight Los Angeles commemorated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall by tearing down a symbolic wall spanning Wilshire Boulevard.

The sixty-foot "Wall Across Wilshire" was painted by local artists including Shepard Fairey, the creator of the "Hope" poster in support of Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. The tearing down of the wall, which was placed between the Variety building and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the Miracle Mile shortly before midnight, was the conclusion of a month-long exhibit put on by Culver City-based Wende Museum.

The Wende Museum houses Cold War era artifacts and last month installed a 40 foot section of the original Berlin Wall in front of the Variety building -- the longest stretch outside of Berlin. It will be on display until Nov. 14.

The public festivities last night included a video message from Berlin Mayor Klaus Woweriet reminding the hundreds gathered on Wilshire Boulevard that Berlin is a sister city of Los Angeles.

Other speakers included  Wende Museum founder and director Justinian Jampol, L.A. city councilman Tom LaBonge and German Consul General for Los Angeles Wolfgang Drautz.

German singer Ute Lemper provided the soundtrack for the activities. The event was emceed by KNX news radio personality Frank Mottek.



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