Google honors the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Google commemorated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Sunday with a Google Doodle video that shows where pieces of the landmark are now displayed around the world.
It includes footage from Nov. 9, 1989, the day that the 10-mile-long wall, which separated communist East Berlin from democratic West Berlin during the Cold War, was torn down.
The clip also highlights pieces of the wall as seen recently in cities worldwide, including London, Cape Town, Madrid, Kiev, Washington D.C. and Mountain View, California, the site of Google's headquarters.
To get inspiration for the Doodle, Google said in a blog post that the team visited a local public library near its headquarters to study a piece of the Berlin Wall.
"This graffitied chunk of concrete, once a literal division, has been transformed into a symbol of unity, a reminder to passersby of the triumph of the collective human spirit," the company wrote. "It was moving to see it in person and, appropriately enough, spray-painted on this special slab are the German words 'Wir lieben dich' — 'we love you.'"
Google worked with video production marketplace Veed.me to gather footage for its Doodle from organizations such as the German Federal Archives.
German-born Nils Frahm, who composed the video’s music, also shared his thoughts on the anniversary in Google's blog post:
I was 7 years old when thousands of East German signature cars arrived in my hometown Hamburg and filled the air with odd smelling blue smoke. I saw strangers hugging strangers, tears in their eyes, their voices tired from singing. I was too young to understand, but I felt that life was different now and that different was better. Now it is our obligation to tell this story to all those who couldn't be there, who could not feel the spark of the peaceful revolution themselves and more importantly who can't remember how existence feels when it's incarcerated by concrete walls. It is time to celebrate 25 years of unity.
This isn't the first time Google commemorated the fall of the Berlin Wall in Doodle form. In 2009, the following image was chosen for Google's homepage to mark the event's 20th anniversary:
Meanwhile, Berlin celebrated 25 years of unity by sending 8,000-LED illuminated balloons into the sky. As part of a visual art installation, the country's capital mounted the balloons onto carbon fiber poles along the border that used to separate the city.
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