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I built this in one day for my history class at school. The assignment was to construct a memorial, so I chose to memorialize those who lost their lives crossing the inner-german border separating Western Germany and the DDR from 1949 to 1989. Officially, around 870 people died in attempted border crossings, though some estimates go as high as 1,300. The trapped dove invokes a failed border crossing, and is also representative of those who were separated from family by German separation. The dove is a symbol of peace, but the dove in this memorial is injured to show that the peace existing between East and West Germany at the time was tainted by the violence at the border. The border was outfitted in many places with barbed wire fencing or electric fencing, mine fields, and watchtowers manned by soldiers with orders to shoot on sight, affording the stretch of land immediately to the east of the fence the nickname of Todesstreifen – "death stripe".

In Memory of

The sculpture aims not to glorify, nor to spark in the viewer feelings of pain or anguish, but to elicit a sense of sadness at the unnecessary loss of life as well as quiet respect for the courage of the border’s victims, who were willing to risk their lives in pursuit of freedom.

Needless to say, the build broke both on the way to school and on the way back, but I was able to reconstruct it both times. My apologies for the terrible picture – white and black are a pain to photograph, and black backgrounds are an even greater pain to edit, especially with a dynamic build like this.

Let me know if you think the blood warrants a parental warning. I've seen worse go without one, but just in case.



Comments

 I like it 
  August 13, 2017
This is an incredible piece of symbolic art. Thank you for building things like this.
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  June 28, 2017
What a beautiful way to make us remember a dark period in world history. Everything is so well done in this build, the barbed wire and the shape of the dove is spot on. A brilliant little piece of work :-)
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  June 27, 2017
A powerful thought-provoking piece. Well done.
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  June 23, 2017
Hey Cab, I'm really excited to see you creating another thought-provoking build. They seem to be your specialty. Great commemoration and design, and I expect it was well-received at your school.
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  June 23, 2017
Congratulations! Your creation has been chosen to appear in the 15th issue of Mocpages News! Here's is the issue that your creation has appeared in: http://www.moc-pages.com/moc.php/440161
 I like it 
  June 22, 2017
A great message and a great build. I can't believe I forgot to comment on this, as it deserves all the praise it can get :) All round excellence.
 I made it 
  June 22, 2017
Thank you so much to all of you for the kind comments. :) I am happy, humbled and honored that so many people have found meaning in such a simple build.
  June 22, 2017
I think my heart just died. I am crying. It takes a lot to make me cry. (Or so says my brother) Namely because my family (Way back mind you) went through that: but still, this made me cry. :"(
 I like it 
  June 20, 2017
Very well done!
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  June 20, 2017
Your best MOC so far (in my humble opinion), Cab! Very impressive!
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  June 19, 2017
Wow man. Great work. My family is from eastern Germany and lived in East Germany at that time. My great uncle was actually shot attempting to cross the border, though I believe he survived to tell the tale from what my parents tell me. Never met him, sadly. Anyways a very meaningful build and message.
 I like it 
  June 18, 2017
This is a very moving build, both in design and in message. Well done.
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  June 17, 2017
Wow, just wow, this is amazing in so many ways. Not only is the build good, but the history it represents is something else. I think you've done a awesome job at commemorating the lives lost.
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  June 17, 2017
Great build with a Good message. The bird looks very good. Greetz, Elio
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  June 17, 2017
Saw this on Flickr. Fantastic build and message.
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  June 17, 2017
This is, fantastic. Both the build itself and the reason why it was built. (The reason being memorializing the tragic event... the event it's memorializing is not fantastic) I especially like the way the barbed wire coils and the method of attaching the wings. Keep up the good work.
 I like it 
  June 17, 2017
Incredible! The artistry is astounding!
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  June 17, 2017
Wow! Beautiful work! Both the build and the symbolism it represents are lovely. --Blast--
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  June 17, 2017
What a beautiful way to commemorate those brave people! You'd think we'd have learned our lesson about big walls... ah well.
 I like it 
  June 16, 2017
This is purely Art
 I like it 
  June 16, 2017
Beautifully built and very touching. My family is from Germany, so I know well the hardships and sufferings of that time firsthand from my grandparents (Opa and Oma). I applaud you on your choice and presentation. Sehr gut und vielen Dank.
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  June 16, 2017
Incredible build with an amazing message!
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  June 16, 2017
This is simply incredible. The message coming from this is so real, and I've never before seen a build like this to symbolise our freedom. Well done, my friend, and I hope to see even better things from you! ~Ty~
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  June 16, 2017
Stunning build with a powerful message. 10/5
 
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