The Berlin Wall Is Going Back Up

But it’ll be made of balloons, not barbwire.

When the Berlin Wall was built back in 1961, it literally went up overnight. Constructed first out of just barb wire, then supplemented with concrete walls, landmines, and watch towers, the mauer split Berlin in half for nearly 30 years, until it one of the biggest bureaucratic gaffes of all time caused the wall to come down earlier than expected in 1989. To mark the anniversary of the fall of the wall, Berlin will once again cut the city in half starting in the middle of the night on November 7. But this time, it won’t be done with barbwire–it’ll be done with balloons full of light.

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