There are 10 original pieces of the Berlin Wall — the longest segment of the wall outside of Berlin — right here in Los Angeles.
The pieces were installed by the Wende Museum in 2009 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
It stands on the front lawn of 5900 Wilshire Boulevard, known as The Wall Project.
The location is rather symbolic, too, as Wilshire is one of the key East-West streets in Los Angeles.
The museum commissioned several artists to paint on five of these wall segments, including Berlin-based artist Thierry Noir, who was one of the first to paint the Berlin Wall in 1984. LA-based Kent Twitchell, Farrah Karapetian and Marie Astrid González also painted for the project.
Another cool part is on the backside of the wall, which used to face the so-called “death strip” in East Berlin and therefore had never been painted before.
The Berlin Wall was actually two contrete walls with the “death strip” in the middle and contained hundreds of watchtowers, floodlights and trip-wire machine guns. Many people were shot attempting to cross.
At 5900 Wilshire Boulevard, the backside was painted by Herakut, Retna and D*Face.
The Los Angeles installment measures nearly forty feet, and if you’re visiting LACMA’s outdoor installation “Urban Light,” the wall is right across the street.
You can’t miss it.
According to the Wende Museum, the installation will remain in place for the foreseeable future, “where it continues to attract hundreds of visitors every day.”
If you can’t visit Berlin right now, this is an incredible piece of history right in our backyard.
(But you should definitely still go to Berlin)