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“Separation is the biggest threat to freedom”: a German agency created a font from inscriptions on the Berlin Wall

It can not be downloaded and used in its usual form, but you can generate your own labels.

Heimat Berlin has created the Voice of the Wall font based on the inscriptions on the Berlin Wall. The project is dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the fall of the wall in November 1989; the nonprofit organization The Cultural Heirs acted as the customer.

Using the font, the authors wanted to remind world leaders that walls of all kinds “could threaten society and freedoms.” It cannot be downloaded to a computer in its usual form, but you can create labels through a special generator .

The main goal of the authors is for users to share their “statements of freedom” written by the “Voice of the Wall” in social networks. All publications plan to collect in a single book and send to world leaders.

The starting point was the question: if the wall could speak, what would it say? Thus, the font allows the wall to “speak” and make declarations of freedom in today’s world.

from Heimat statement

The basis for each letter of the font was taken graffiti photographs from the Berlin Wall. On the western side, it was popular among street artists, it is believed that the first graffiti was applied to it by the Frenchman Thierry Noir in 1984.

In 1986, Keith Haring painted a 300-meter-high mural on the wall, depicting people tied with arms and legs. At the same time, they did not paint the wall from the east, because people could not get close to it – for this they could shoot on the spot.

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