Outside the Imperial War Museum, London, November 2019
As a follow-up to this morning’s post about the 30th anniversary of the wall coming down, I thought I’d share some of the activity at the Imperial War Museum in London today.
Two fragments of the wall were brought to London to mark the anniversary and have been decorated by two of my favourite street artists, Thierry Noir and Stik. These pieces are on display at the entrance to the IWM until 1 December 2019.
The work of Thierry Noir (left) and Stik (right), London, November 2019
The artists were also at the museum today, signing posters and postcards of their work. People had queued overnight, and the queues continued until mid afternoon.
These 2 artists are known for their strong messages about unity. Noir was the first artist to decorate the wall, starting in 1984, and he has chosen to create a new piece, together with his friend and fellow artist, Stik. The two characters face each other, linking the past with the present, and emphasising connection between the people. Stik remarked, ‘I hope our collaboration on the Berlin Wall will highlight the importance of connection between people through times of division and change’
Have a look at this great YouTube feature to see the two artists talking about their joint work.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 9 November 2019