East meets West at the Brandenburg Gate, so two giant marionettes met during the weekend in Berlin to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the wall and reunification of the city and country.
Measuring more than seven meters, the girl represented the former East. And he, a towering 15 meters tall, symbolized the West. The massive wooden dolls were a portrayal of a girl meeting her uncle as the divided city became one again two decades ago. Despite the wet weather, an estimated 1.5 million spectators turned out to view the three-day show. Saturday also marked German National Unity day. The marionettes were so big they had to be held up with cranes as they marched several kilometers through the German capital passing historic landmarks. Dozens of artists and technicians from the French performing group “Royal de Luxe” operated the pullies that moved the giants’ arms and legs.