Incredible photos show Berlin Wall recreated in light

Berliners have been marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the city's Wall with a 15km-long light installation which uses 8,000 illuminated balloons to trace the path of where the hated border once stood.

Titled 'Lichtgrenze' (Border of Light), the project was switched on last night and runs until 7pm on Sunday.

Some 8,000 luminous white balloons temporarily divide the inner city, from Bornholmer Strasse to Mauerpark and the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Strasse, past the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate and Checkpoint Charlie to the East Side Gallery.

The project, developed from an idea by Christopher Bauder and Marc Bauder, "evokes the dimension and brutality of the Wall", according to organisers.

The installation is part of a series of cultural events in Berlin to mark a quarter-century since the Wall came down, on November 9, 1989.

Over 100 people are estimated to have lost their lives trying to cross the border between communist east Berlin and the west while the Wall stood (1961-1989).

By Conor Hallahan

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