Creating a stunning spectacle in the night sky, 8,000-LED illuminated balloons were released in Germany's capital on Sunday night to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
As part of a visual art installation, the city mounted the balloons onto carbon fiber poles along 10 miles of the border that used to separate communist East Berlin from democratic West Berlin during the Cold War. Starting shortly after 7 p.m., local time, each balloon was untied, and sent into the air. The ascent lasted approximately 25 minutes. Fireworks then followed.
The glowing balloons served as a reminder of where the wall once stood, and Berlin's subsequent reunification.
The project called Lichtgrenze (or "light border") comes from brothers Christopher and Marc Bauder and was put on by the Federal State of Berlin. The commemoration attracted throngs of people who watched the event on large TVs set up across the city, as well on local German TV and followed along to curated social media posts via FalloftheWall25.com.
Each of the 8,000 balloons were sponsored by a person or group, and many of them included handwritten personalized messages. Facebook and Twitter are among the organizations that participated in the event.
Facebook donated these balloon lights along the route of the Berlin Wall that fell 25 yrs ago. pic.twitter.com/NUY3zpwIwJ— Jonathan Krim (@jkrim) Tháng 11 9, 2014
The first balloon was sent into the sky from a stage at Berlin's famed Brandenburg Gate, while an orchestra played Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9." Musician Peter Gabriel also entertained audiences leading up to the launch.
Sunday's anniversary captured the attention of those in Germany and worldwide. Pope Francis tweeted reflective words to honor its significance:
I ask all people of goodwill to help build a culture of encounter, solidarity and peace. #fotw25— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) Tháng 11 9, 2014
Even actor David Hasselhoff — who has a large following in Germany — shared his sentiments:
But for those on the ground Sunday in Berlin, onlookers were treated to a visual feast. Here's a look at more moments from the ascent, as well as a video that discusses the balloon project's vision:
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