Schrift am der Mauer (The Writing on the Wall,) 4/89, Supported by Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, Santa Clara, CA, 26" x 36",
30' x 13', Media: paint, ink, copper, brass, adhesives, Berlin Wall
In this artwork I asked ordinary people in West Berlin, East Berlin, and the United States to write down their hopes and fears. I then inscribed 112 metal plaques with these statements and mounted them on the Wall. The inner thoughts and feelings of people from all of Berlin and from both sides of the Atlantic communicated together on the Wall, itself a potent emblem of both hope and fear, East and West. This allowed viewers of the artwork to see both the similarities and differences in the concerns of ordinary people who normally have no public forum.