After numerous delays and controversies, the striking “Citizens in Motion” monument for Germany’s reunification, has finally received the all clear to begin construction in the heart of Berlin, and with an expected completion in 2019, it is set to become a center for the 30th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s falling.
It will be a sight to see for sure, but the full effect has to be felt and experienced. “Citizens in Motion” is designed to be walked on and manipulated to tell its full story. As stated by its designers, the monument is “designed to be a movable, kinetic object” and is shaped by the involvement of its visitors as they work together to form the story of unity. With its bowl-like shape, visitors can stand on either side and move the monument using the weight of their bodies.
Constructions will soon begin where the “historical axes ‘Unter den Linden’ and the ‘Museumsinsel-Lustgarten-Humboldtforum’ meet”, across from the castle’s western gate, and will sit in the place that once housed the equestrian statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I before being removed by the GDR regime in 1949.