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History meets art: Suwanee's Berlin Wall temporary exhibit
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History meets art: Suwanee's Berlin Wall temporary exhibit

SUWANEE, Ga. -- It’s a piece of concrete. It’s a piece of art. It’s a piece of history. It’s a section of the Berlin Wall, and it currently is standing in front of Suwanee’s City Hall at 330 Town Center Avenue.

This iconic symbol of the Cold War era stands approximately 13 feet tall and weighs 8,000 pounds. The once-western-facing side of the concrete section features graffiti artwork that depicts a building, people, and the American flag. The wall section is anticipated to be on display in Suwanee over the next couple of months while the Auction Management Corporation prepares to auction off the four-ton historic/artistic marker.

This section of the Berlin Wall was found in an East Berlin work camp and has been in the Atlanta area since 1991, but has rarely been on public exhibit. Current owner DeHaan and Co. Financial Partners plans to auction off the wall section, and the exhibit in Suwanee is designed to generate interest in the piece. Sections of the Berlin Wall can be found at museums, colleges, and businesses in at least 26 U.S. states, according to a 2009 USA Today article.

“We’re thrilled to be able to exhibit this section of the Berlin Wall,” says Suwanee’s Economic and Community Development Director Denise Brinson. “It’s a cool way to bring an important piece of art and history to area residents. This display fits in well with Suwanee’s goal of making art accessible.”

The Berlin Wall was an approximately 100-mile barrier constructed beginning in 1961 – and re-enforced over the years – by the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). The barrier effectively cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany, prevented free passage by East Germans to the West, and became the iron curtain that literally separated Eastern and Western Europe until 1989.

Auction details for the wall section on display in Suwanee are still being determined.




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