By: Thestar.com staff
The Berlin Wall is going back up this week.
From Friday through Sunday, 8,000 helium balloons on pedestals will snake through a 15 km stretch of the German capital to recreate the path of the infamous wall that divided east and west Berlin.
At 7 p.m. on Sunday, the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall, thousands of Berliners from schoolchildren to business executives will release their sponsored balloons to the sky.
The Staatskapelle Berlin orchestra will play Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Brandenburg Gate as the balloons soar away. #Fallofthewall25, #fotw25
What are your memories and memorabilia of these events 25 years ago?
Here are five other notable Wall events:
- The sale in authenticated chunks of the Wall is brisk on eBay, where seller cafeanderuni from Kiel, Germany in particular has 46 pieces ranging from $10 (nondescript spray paint, 90 grams), to $320 (known graffiti artist, 1.45 kg).
- The German Embassy in Ottawa has sponsored a contest for high school students across Canada to submit “personal artwork” — videos, drawings, photos, sculpture, text, audio recording. First prize: a $200 digital tablet. #wallfall @GermanyInCanada
- The German Consulate in Toronto is part of a worldwide German-sponsored “Remembrance Run.” Start time: 10 a.m. at High Park Children’s Garden. @GCCOntario
- A piece of the Wall is embedded at the foot of one of the arches in Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto City Hall. There are six other slabs of Wall in Canada (Ottawa, Montreal, Steinbach, Man.), three of them in Nova Scotia (Dartmouth, Lunenberg and Truro). #BerlinWall
- The Mall of Berlin, a 270-store shopping complex, opened in September and by next year will be the largest mall in Germany. It’s on what used to be the east side of the Wall between Potsdamer Platz, site of the first new crossing after the Wall was breached in 1989, and Friedrichstrasse, site of the haunting railway station where east Berliners could look across the Wall at West Berlin but couldn’t go there.