The LICHTGRENZE was the light installation along the former path of the wall through the city center. It traced the division of the city over a stretch of approximately 12 kilometers and with thousands of illuminated balloons as an impressive installation in Berlin from 8 to 9 November, 2014. At once emotional, poetic, and serious, this installation remembered the recent historical event, the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989.
As the Wall fell 25 years ago in 1989, pictures of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin traveled around the world and became indelible symbols of the regained freedom. Autumn 2014 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. On this day, Berlin stood once more at the center of worldwide attention. The anniversary gave occasion to remember this incisive historical event. A symbolic LICHTGRENZE made of illuminated balloons was the poignant high point over the weekend of November 9, 2014. It traced the former division of the city along this segment of the former course of the Wall in the city center. Hundreds of thousands of Berliners and city visitors were able to reencounter strikingly along this stretch the intensity as well as the hugeness of the city division.
“Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the once divided city presents itself today as a liberal and open-minded metropolis, a place to be. This tremendous development would not have been possible without the people's courage and imagination. With our events for the anniversary of the fall of the Wall, we recalled the historical occurrence of the European liberation movement of 1989 that radically changed the course of world history. We placed ourselves in solidarity with those who have raised their voices for freedom, democracy, and human rights back then as well as now. And we took a look at the contemporary world in which Berlin, after twenty-five years, has become a place of creativity, openness to the future, and internationality,” says the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit.
Numerous partner and cross-institutional events as well as projects refered to the anniversary and henced a varied program is on offer throughout the year. The array of themes extended from the memory of “the Peaceful Revolution” in 1989 and the fall of the Wall to the meaning of November 9 as a symbol of hope for a world without walls.