May 27, 2002
The Berlin Wall couldn't be torn down quickly enough, now everyone is trying to memorialize it with concepts and creations of historical markers.
On my way to the Topographie of Terror Museum, I found the 7 centimetre-wide strip with the inscription "Berlin Wall 1961-1989" that had been laid a long a stretch where the Wall formerly ran. The material itself differs from all other street marking, and is level with the ground. This seems to make it both potent AND politically neutral as well as avoiding any debates about any 3-dimensional intervention into the space around it.
I nearly didn’t see the copper inlay because at some points, there were cars parked on top of it. The car that actually drew my attention was the one I pictured here that was layered in graffiti-mobile in German, English, and French.
From journal BERLIN: History and Memory