A film and new typeface inspired by original graffiti from the Berlin Wall have been created as part of a campaign to mark the 30th anniversary since its fall.
Called Voice of the Wall, the campaign’s film – in which we hear sirens, dogs barking and gunshots – depicts the suffering the Wall witnessed. It ends with the warning, “Division is freedom’s biggest threat”.
The font, meanwhile, is available for everyone to download and use, and the campaign encourages us to make our own statements for freedom, using the anniversary typeface. The statements will be collected and later turned into a book which will be sent as a message to the current leaders of the world.
The idea was created by HEIMAT Berlin 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.
The campaign explores the threat walls of all kinds can pose 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 world today,” explains HEIMAT.
The typeface has been designed using the 26 letters in the alphabet – each taken from actual graffiti from the Berlin Wall, which became a politically-charged canvas for numerous street artists over the years.
Matthias Storath from HEIMAT, Berlin, said: “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. We hope that this project will help remind audiences of our hard-won freedoms, which we must cherish and enjoy.”