Guardians of Time, sculptures by Manfred Kielnhofer, float like a mirage through Berlin as part of the 25th year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany
BERLIN, GERMANY– In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, there have been great celebrations in Germany, Poland, Israel and across the globe. The demolition of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago marked the end of oppressive rule and the degradation of the human soul. For many people, the fall of the Berlin Wall showed the power of human endurance and resilience.
In Berlin a symbolic wall that served as marker for the 15 kilometer (9.4 miles) was installed where the Berlin Wall used to stand. Called the Light Border, the wall was made up of illuminated balloons filled with helium. During the night, the almost 8, 000 white balloons were released into the night sky. Hundreds of thousands from Germany and abroad watched as the balloons drifted across the sky to Beethoven’s Ode to Joy conducted by Daniel Barenboim. Besides the balloons, there were also dance party at the Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of unity where Europe’s east-west divide once ran.
In addition to all the celebrations, many artists also used the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall as an opportunity to showcase their works. In the spotlight during the celebration is the Austrian artist Manfred Kielnhofer who situated his phantom and mythical sculptures on walls and on buildings across Berlin. The freelance artist who has worked as a painter, sculptor and photographer for many years was recently in Berlin as part of his Festival of Light, an art project in which monk-like figures known as Guardians of Time are strategically located around Berlin. Since 2011, Kielnhofer has been visiting Germany’s capital regularly to present his Guardians of Time sculptures. The Guardians of Time which have toured worldwide, visiting museums and exhibitions for many years are made up of sitting and standing mythical figures that have captivated viewers. This year, the mythical figure who walk like monks through the world were presented in many places across Berlin. Berliners were held in great suspense as no one knew where they world appear next. New to this year’s Festival of Lights were nearly three meters tall white guards. At the Festival Centre in Potsdamer Platz, the monks were both observer and guardians of time and space. Glowing under red and white lights the monks stood, presenting a view into the past and present.