11.01.2013

The Berlin Wall.

Did you know there is a piece of the Berlin Wall in Los Angeles?  Baller.

Let's start with some history...

In November 8* 2009, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the removal of the Berlin Wall, Wilshire Boulevard was blockaded for three hours with a 60-foot long wall.  The wall was strategically put up in the center of the city, separating the beach from downtown, symbolizing the type of cultural disjunction that occurred in Berlin when the Wall was erected in 1961. The blockade that crossed Wilshire was not made of pieces of the actual Berlin wall, this imposter wall was painted for the commemoration by street artist Shepard Fairey and a bunch of other talented hooligans.  

Ten pieces of the AUTHENTIC BERLIN WALL (seen in the photo above) were placed perpendicular to the imposter at 5900 Wilshire, where they still are today. Stretching nearly 40 feet, this is the longest segment of the wall outside of Berlin.  Pretty dope, Los Angeles.**  

Now for a little personal history...

Not to trivialize the falling of this Cold War Era symbol by comparing it to my own life, BUT the dress in these photos is the one I bought the day my clothing fast ended.  This dress marked the end of a hard-fought year of tearing my own walls down, resulting in a freedom from the materialism that had ruled me.

Figure out what's holding you back, and tear those walls down.***

*For all you history buffs out there, the actual anniversary is the 9th, but Los Angeles commemorated on the 8th to align with Berlin time.
**The Wall Project, as it is called, was organized by the Wende Museum.  If you want to learn more about the project click here and here.
***But not the one on Wilshire, it's cool.
On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall came down.  Around the same time, the original owner of this dress was sporting it as her most-recent purchase.  I bought it on June 1, 2013 at Shareen Vintage.  
Yvonne Goll, my photographer on this shoot, deemed it my "Lisa Turtle" dress.
In case you're wondering about the artwork...
The green growler just to the right of center was painted before the segments arrived in L.A. by Berlin artist Bimer, known for his bears.  Thierry Noir, one of the first people to paint the wall as a political act circa 1984, led a team of artists in painting five of the ten sections on location in Los Angeles.  The Kennedy and Reagan segments were painted by Kent Twitchell, the mastermind behind the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra mural that looms over the 110 in Downtown.
Freedom:  That's what's up.

1 comment:

  1. There is another section of the Berlin Wall at Loyola Marymount University in Playa Del Rey in CA. ~Reggie

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