Marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, artists in the German capital are lining up thousands of lit-up balloons along the path where the wall used to stand.
The 15-kilometre long "light border" that will run through the city centre will disappear on November 9 – the date the wall was opened – when the 8,000 balloons are released to the sky.
The creators of the installation, Berlin artists Christopher and Marc Bauder, say it is intended as a symbol of hope for a world without borders.
“The wall was this massive building, it was monstrous, huge, long, tall, heavy, made of hard material, and we wanted to somehow create a contrast with an installation that still shows the dimension of the city, its architecture, but which is made of very light material – air and light – which will easily float away and help heal the scars, so to say,” says Christopher Bauder.
The Bauder brothers initially came up with the idea back in 2009 and are pleased to see it finally come to life.
They say they were not only interested in placing the balloons in iconic places like Checkpoint Charlie but also across ordinary parks and streets to show just how unnatural the division was.
The installation should be completed by November 7. Each balloon has its own patron, who will tie a message to it telling how the wall affected their life, before releasing it on November 9.