THE BERLIN WALL GETS A WALL
“What remains of the Berlin Wall, a formidable barrier that separated East from West for 28 years until it was pulled down in 1989, is now getting its own barrier to protect it from tourists. A permanent railing is being installed in the German capital to stop visitors from leaving their own historic mark on it — or from taking a little Cold War relic home with them,” says Catherine Hickley, a reporter for The Art Newspaper, a New York City-based publication.
The wall was designated a heritage site in 1990. Still, the longest intact portion of the wall still standing faces threats from property development and vandalism. Local authorities now have agreed to erect a protective barrier — complete with warnings in several languages forbidding visitors to touch, decorate or break off pieces of the original wall.