The Berlin Wall in Los Angeles, Part Zwei

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Previously, I wrote about my visit to Culver City’s Wende Museum here on The Slog. At the time, I didn’t realize the museum was one of the organizers for The Wall Project happening here in LA over the next few months.

The Wall Project web site reads, “On November 9, 1989 the Wall came down in Berlin. On November 8, 2009 it goes back up again in Los Angeles.” And that’s exactly what they plan to do. There are a handful of events related to the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall going on  (a couple of  public forums in late September and October, a writing/art contest, an exhibition of artifacts at the Goethe Institute in DC), but the clincher is happening on November 8th: they’re going to rebuild a section of the Berlin Wall across Wilshire Boulevard.

For those of you who aren’t in LA, Wilshire is one of the main east-west thoroughfares in the city, and it’s also home to the LA County Museum of Art, which is more or less where the wall will be between 3 and 6 pm on that Sunday. The event takes place on the afternoon of the 8th, which is technically the 9th in Berlin (Just barely! It’ll be 11 pm-2 am in Berlin). I’m sure it can’t hurt that it’s a Sunday. I think people in LA would go completely ballistic if they tried to block off Wilshire on Monday. [*Actually, this has changed. As of November 3rd, the event will take place from 11pm to midnight on Sunday, November 8th.]

Not that this part of Wilshire marks the spot where East LA begins (not by a long shot), but I’ve often thought that Angelenos feel so passionately about East LA and West LA that there may as well be a wall in this city—some kind of checkpoint along the 10 freeway or Beverly Blvd. Culturally, these two sides of LA are like night and day, and people are very loyal to their neighborhoods in this town. Where you live says a lot about your identity. It’s one of the first questions you ask when meeting someone for the first time.

Anyway, I am excited to learn that these festivities will happen right here! A trip to Berlin would be nice, but I guess The Wall Project here in LA will just have to do.


~ by Valerie Palmer on August 29, 2009.

One Response to “The Berlin Wall in Los Angeles, Part Zwei”

  1. […] You can read Part Zwei here. […]

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