120,000 Ribbons Were Hung Above the Berlin Wall to Commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Its Fall

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The first bricks of the Berlin Wall came down on November 9, 1989.

East German officials had just announced that all German Democratic Republic citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin, and that was only the beginning.


The process of German reunification would take another year, but November 9 is the day the country remember remembers this most Peaceful Revolution that happened only 30 years ago.

To celebrate one of the most important events in world history, artist Patrick Shearn and his team at Poetic Kinetics installed a huge art piece as a symbol of the unification effort.


The a massive kinetic installation was called Visions in Motion and went on display from November 4-10, 2019. The 20,000-square-foot work measured 450 feet in length at the Brandenburg Gate, the site of the former wall.

Shaped like the wall, the piece actually flew above the site and contained around 120,000 colorful streamers – 30,000 of which had handwritten messages from people in Germany and around the world.


The artwork was inspired by the words of Germans, how they did not have weight by themselves, but still wielded power.

In a statement, Shearn said:

In light of the state of affairs in the world today, I feel it is a time to be bold, gather together with a unified voice, and throw our shared colors and our dreams skyward for the world to see.

It was just 30 years ago that communism was cutting Germany and its people in two. And though walls may be built to keep people out, but those same walls keep people in.