Berlin Wall in Singapore
A permanent exhibition of four segments of the Berlin Wall was unveiled at the eastern bank of the Bedok Reservoir Park
Enlarge image The Berlin Wall, a poignant symbol of the oppressive regime in former East Germany, came down on 9 November 1989. Parts of the dismantled wall were sold worldwide. Four segments with a total length of 4.80m and a height of 3.60m are now permantly exhibited in Singapore. These segments feature the painting "The Kings of Freedom". It shows two kings: one is colourful and lively, the other is dull and blindfolded. This graffiti is an apt artistic representation of the former two different societies on each side of the Berlin Wall.
After the dismantling of the Berlin Wall the graffiti-art attained world-wide recognition. It was shown in London, Lisbon and Oklahoma. Segments of the wall were sold to art lovers in Colorado and California, in Monte Carlo and Tokyo. „Kings of Freedom“ became part of the renowned „Hefner Collection“ by the American art lover Robert A. Hefner III and his Singaporean wife MeiLi. They decided to make these wall segments available to Singapore.
In the course of 2008 a competition took place to decide on the best way to display these artistic-historical artefacts. A location had already been identified: A small park at the eastern bank of the Bedok Reservoir, in the vicinity of the Temasek Polytechnic.
The permanent exhibition of four segments of the Wall was unveiled under the auspices of Foreign Minister George Yeo of the Republic of Singapor on 8 January 2010.