Artists Fight to Save Section of Berlin Wall
The day the Berlin Wall fell was a major day in the world's history. An icon of the Cold War, the Wall stood for tragedy, family separation, and as a reminder of a gallant U.S. airlift to feed hungry people.
No one would ever have imagined that the Berlin Wall would become an art statement that artists are struggling to save. Standing as a monument to personal impressions of the Cold War, the Wall now is under siege from age, the elements, and tourists who want to take home a chunk of repression history.
One of Germany's most beloved tourist attractions is crumbling.
The Berlin Wall has been battered by age, the elements, souvenir-hunting tourists and commercial development. This once-detested symbol of the Cold War and a divided nation is desperately in need of a makeover.
Now a group of artists is trying to keep the most iconic part of the Communist-era barrier standing.