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O n Monday 3 Novembera group of five masked men drew a white line on the Berlin wall. At points, the line was so thick the paint dripped all the way to the bottom. Where police guarded the wall, it ran thinner, snaking down to the pavement and then back up. At on Tuesday morning, border guards from the eastern side of the wall had ambushed the line-painters and put an end to their project. The wall collapsed almost exactly three years later.
This November, Germany and the world will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its fall. The murals and graffiti painted and sprayed on the western facade are likely to feature heavily in the commemorations; the contribution of French street artist Thierry Noir has already been feted at a recent retrospective in London.
The white line is unlikely to play a part, and yet its story tells more about what that wall did — and still does — to people than any other public artwork ever has. Frank Willmann read Nietzsche and Solzhenitsynhis friend Frank Schuster wore sandals and string vests. Wolfram Hasch grew his hair long. Between andafter a series of run-ins with the authorities, the five friends were all granted permission to resettle in the west and moved to Berlin.
The wall stayed with them, however. Years after the five men had crossed over from east to west, they would still dream about it.
Willmann says he often found himself back in the old town centre of Weimar where he had grown up, having to somehow find an escape route to west Berlin. Talking to the wall-painters almost 30 years after the project, it is noticeable not only how much detail from that day they still remember, but also the different reasons they had to draw the line in the first place. For Willmann, now a journalist and author, the line Tonight She Comes - The Cars - Greatest Hits, above all, an artistic statement, a protest against what other artists were doing with the wall.
We enjoyed painting a line through that one. For Schuster, the line was political, too, but more of a protest against the complacency of the west. Some thought that made us Nazis. So we wanted to show them up a bit. To me, there was a difference between Berlin Wall - Various - The Russians Are Coming (Punk Rarities 1977-85) in the east Hacesja - Ultrafastnoisecore in the west, even if just a small one.
In the east I could take Berlin Wall - Various - The Russians Are Coming (Punk Rarities 1977-85) step before someone stepped on my toes. In the west, I could take two. Its beginning and end is here.
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When the five masked men with the buckets of white paint were first spotted on the morning of 3 November, it seemed obvious to them that the white line was no art project or political protest, but the state enemy in disguise, attempting to redraw the physical border between east and west. As a consequence, border guards were ordered to slip through a hidden door in the Berlin Wall the next morning and ambush the painters. Four of the friends escaped, but Wolfram Hasch was seized and pulled back into the east, where he remained in prison for three months before being released back to the west.
He is the only member of the group who no longer wanted to be interviewed about the white line, either for the new documentary or for this article.
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