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Freedom typeface marks 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall

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A film and new typeface inspired by original graffiti from the Berlin Wall has been created as part of a campaign to mark the 30th anniversary of the structure coming down in November 1989.

The film, created by HEIMAT Berlin, includes sirens, dogs barking and gunshots while depicting the suffering the Wall witnessed. It ends with the warning, “Division is freedom’s biggest threat”.

HEIMAT also created the font, which is available to download and the campaign encourages people to make their own statements for freedom, using the anniversary typeface. The statements will be collected and turned into a book which will be sent as a message to the current leaders of the world.

The campaign is for street art association, The Cultural Heirs, a non-profit association committed to integration and violence prevention as well as the prevention of discrimination and inequalities in society.

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It explores the threat walls of all kinds can pose to society and freedoms worldwide. The starting point was the question: if walls could talk, what would the Berlin Wall say today? In this way, the typeset allows the Wall a voice and the ability to make a statement about freedom in our current world.

The typeface was designed using the 26 letters of the alphabet – each taken from actual graffiti from the Berlin Wall, which became a politically-charged canvas for numerous street artists over the years.

“Street art and iconic design can have a dramatic impact on culture, and creating a campaign to celebrate freedom and warn about division to mark this important anniversary was very meaningful to us,” said Matthias Storath, CCO at HEIMAT. “We hope that this project will help remind audiences of our hard-won freedoms, which we must cherish and enjoy.”

 

 

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