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PHOTOS: Muralist Kent Twitchell paints JFK, Reagan and Mandela on Berlin Wall




A larger look at the murals on the Berlin Wall segments on Wilshire Blvd.
A larger look at the murals on the Berlin Wall segments on Wilshire Blvd.
A larger look at the murals on the Berlin Wall segments on Wilshire Blvd.
Muralist Ken Twitchell stands in front of the segment of the Berlin Wall on Wilshire Blvd.
A larger look at the murals on the Berlin Wall segments on Wilshire Blvd.
Ken Twitchell's contributions to the Wende Museum's Wall Project
A larger look at the murals on the Berlin Wall segments on Wilshire Blvd.
The Wende Museum's plaque on the Wall Project


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The Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago this month. Today, fragments of the wall that separated East and West Germany are monuments all around the world.

In Los Angeles, a large piece forms "The Wall Project," a public art installation owned and curated by the Wende Museum.

In 2009, the museum brought ten pieces of the Berlin Wall to Los Angeles and constructed them to create the longest running stretch of the original wall currently standing. Here's a quick documentary on the origin and execution of The Wall Project:

 

In L.A., the Berlin Wall fragment has been turned into a canvas for L.A. artists. Kent Twitchell, famous for his massive portraits of people, has painted three murals on the wall: JFK, Ronald Reagan and Nelson Mandela.

At the unveiling of the Mandela portrait this summer, Twithell told The Frame why he paints people and how he tried to respect the integrity of the wall and of Mandela.

For more information on the Project and the history of the Berlin Wall, head over to the Wende Museum's website.



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