Mira Bishop of Oliver Brothers used Museum Glass® in a piece, “The Wall,” that commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall, which took place around the time Museum Glass was introduced to the custom framing, quickly becoming the gold standard for glazing. Below she talks about her inspiration for this piece.
As I began planning my Tru Framable Moment™ for Museum Glass®, my goal was to create something that demonstrated how well this product displays texture, in addition to the UV protection and clarity it is most known for. The way Museum Glass brings out textures, colors and brightness is a benefit I think is under-represented.
Choosing the fall of the Berlin Wall, I wanted to portray this moment in a way that transformed it beyond the political. My design aesthetic was to explore the contrast between the industrial and the human.
After the Berlin Wall had fallen in November of 1989, artists were invited to create an international memorial for freedom on the wall’s east side. Located near the center of Berlin, the East Side Gallery is the largest open-air gallery at 1,316 meters that features the work of 105 artists and is the only authentic monument to the reunification of Germany.
One of those artists, Christine Kuhn, had a powerful idea. Before the fall, the Berlin Wall was inaccessible to the people of East Berlin. Armed guards patrolled the wall constantly, and people were not allowed even to touch it. In contrast to the stark surface of the East Side, the West Side was covered with graffiti. To create her mural, Kuhn stood at the wall and handed out gloves to passers-by, inviting them to leave a handprint on the wall, something she had been elated to do when first given access to the wall for her artwork.