August 10, 2011: The Berlin Wall marks its 50th anniversary this week.
by Leslie Hossack
The construction workers of our capital are for the most part busy building apartment houses, and their working capacities are fully employed to that end. Nobody intends to put up a wall. – Walter Ulbricht in a press conference, 15 June 1961
Khrushchev is losing East Germany. He cannot let that happen. If East Germany goes, so will Poland and all of Eastern Europe. He will have to do something to stop the flow of refugees. Perhaps a wall. And we won’t be able to prevent it. – President John F. Kennedy to Deputy National Security Advisor Walt Rostow, August 1961
Berlin Wall Detail # 5 from The Wall, Niederkirchner Strasse, Berlin 2010
The two image details shown here are taken from my photograph entitled The Wall, Niederkirchner Strasse. The original photograph is a construction, not a stitch. It measures eight feet long and is currently on view in my exhibition CITIES OF STONE – PEOPLE OF DUST at the Red Wall Gallery in Ottawa until September 2nd.
This photograph is intended to simulate a walk along the Berlin Wall today, 50 years after it first appeared. I plan to post two different details everyday this week, leading up to Saturday when I will post the entire image at 2 a.m. to coincide with the time that the Berlin Wall was born on August 13th, 1961.
Berlin Wall Detail # 6, from The Wall, Niederkirchner Strasse, Berlin 2010
© Leslie Hossack