A section of the Berlin Wall has been installed near Alderman Library and the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. The four panels will be on display through 2014 as part of a UVA commemoration of the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall. A yearlong celebration of artistic and political freedom, featuring events and programs involving numerous departments and disciplines across the University, is planned.
A spray-painted mural titled Kings of Freedom by West German graffiti artist Dennis Kaun adorns the west side of the panels. The East German side is gray, unpainted concrete.
“It’s a remarkable piece of history,” says Jody Kielbasa, UVA’s vice provost for the arts. “In the shadow of the Rotunda and near the Special Collections Library—which has one of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence—there’s this incredible installation that commemorates freedom.”
The panels are on loan to UVA by Robert and MeiLi Hefner.