When the Wall Came Down

My husband and I hopped a train to Charlottesville, Virginia some months ago to visit some old friends who had settled there. We saw historic architecture, beautiful scenery and lots of interesting art which I plan to write about in future posts.

But one of the most unusual installations we saw was a piece of the Berlin Wall, currently installed in a glass and steel pavilion on UVA’s campus.

The Berlin Wall stood from August 13, 1961 until November 9, 1989 when the wall was torn down by an enthusiastic crowd. Dennis Kaun, a well-known West German pop muralist, painted “The Kings of Freedom” in the heady and celebratory days that preceded the toppling of the wall. The work spans several four foot wide concrete slabs that stand 12 feet tall.

The back side shows the part of the wall that faced the residents of East Berlin.

“Kings of Freedom” certainly is an interesting work of art that you should not miss if you are in the Charlottesville area. You should visit soon, because the loan to UVA is temporary (although it has been extended yearly for the past nine years.) You can read more about “Kings of Freedom” here.