Thousands of illuminated balloons mark the path where the Berlin Wall once stood, as the city prepares to celebrate the 25th anniversary since it was torn down. Vanessa Johnston reports.
Twenty five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall... An art installation made up of thousands of balloons illuminate where it once stood. The city was partitioned for nearly thirty years, until the Wall was unexpectedly torn down on November 9, 1989. Passers-by say the art installation is a good way to show younger generations what life was like back then. (SOUNDBITE) (German) PASSERBY, PETER-UWE KRAEHN, SAYING: "As the Wall's pathway has nearly vanished over the past 25 years and nobody really remembers where it actually was, I think this is a very good thing." (SOUNDBITE) (German) PASSERBY, IRENE KRAEHN, SAYING: "Yes, I agree. We witnessed all that. I was 17 years old when the wall was built and I think it is a good thing that all the others can see what we had to go through and what we missed." The balloons carry messages written by "balloon sponsors" -- including churches and schools -- who shared their memories of the fall of the Wall -- as well as their hopes for a world without walls. On Sunday, audiences will watch them be released into the sky during a special ceremony. The guest list includes German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will enjoy the spectacle from the Brandenburg Gate.