Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Art Heals and Hopes: WW I and the Berlin Wall Anniversaries

There were two extraordinary anniversaries this month, World War I and the fall of the Berlin Wall. These were great human tragedies of a size that is difficult to imagine.

Both of these events were creations of men, failed ideas that affected millions of people, destroying lives, families and entire countries.

Berlin's Wall of Light
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the artists Christopher and Marc Bauder created a border of lights called the “Lichtgrenze.”
by: NY Times, Erik Olsen, Nov. 8, 2014

WW I Memorial at the Tower of London, England
Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, marking one hundred years since the first full day of Britain's involvement in the First World War. Created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, 888,246 ceramic poppies will progressively fill the Tower's famous moat over the summer. Each poppy represents a British military fatality during the war.

NBC video by Brian Williams
More information from the Tower of London website

Today we can see these catastrophes in a new way.
These historic dates are commemorated with artists as the creators and a new army of people to build the tributes.

From the waste and wreckage is a hopeful and beautiful vision for a better world.

John Steinbeck said,:
“All war is a symptom of man's failure as a thinking animal.”

Followed by the British politician Tony Benn's quote,:
“All war represents a failure of diplomacy.”

Here is a poster by Jean-Michel Folon that I will forever remember. Perhaps it is the answer.
Communication is the Beginning of Understanding

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