30th Anniversary Of The Fall Of The Berlin Wall Celebrated With 120,000 Ribbons


By Mayukh Saha / Truth Theory

On November 9th, 2019, Berlin celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Peaceful Revolution. Patrick Shearn and his Poetic Kinetics team’s gigantic motion art installation, Visions in Motion, comprised of 120,000 colourful fabric ribbons, which was the highlight of the celebrations. It was up in front of the Brandenburg Gate from November 4th till 10th.



Poetic Kinetics specializes in creating large-scale art installations and experiential design from concept to execution. They use diverse technologies and materials to create a unique and creatively satisfying experience. They are known for their projects such as Escape Velocity, Solar Sunflowers, and Caterpillar’s Longing.


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The artist was approached by Kulturprojekte Berlin to bring to life an installation that would be symbolic of the unification of the Germans. The colorful ripstop nylon and reflective fabric streamers that were put up in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin contained handwritten messages. They carried hopes, dreams, and greetings on them. These notes were handwritten by the Germans as well as the global community in advance. Around 9,500 feet of rope with more than 1,250 hand-tied knots were used for the installation. The ribbons swayed with the wind and produced a kaleidoscopic wave-like effect.

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In a statement, Poetic Kinetics explained that the installation’s rectangular shape resembles the form of the wall. The only difference in the structure was it’s breaking away from the idea of an impenetrable border for one that could take flight. This one-of-a-kind installation, which spanned 20,000 square feet, was a part of the Berlin Festival Week. The visitors could enjoy a host of events from fun activities to exhibitions.


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To understand the significance of the installation, one must go back in time. On November 9, 1989, German officials allowed residents of Communist East Germany to visit the Western, democratic half of the country. This was a historic moment that paved the way for reunifying the country, both ideologically and physically. The Peaceful Revolution led to the country’s transition to parliamentary democracy.


Thus, the installation Visions in Motion captured the fervour of the Peaceful Revolution in a magnificent manner.

Image credits: Poetic Kinetics on Instagram

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