This typeface was made from the Berlin Wall's graffiti

Effort from Heimat and art group The Cultural Heirs marks 30th anniversary of the fall

Published On
Nov 13, 2019

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A campaign from German street art association The Cultural Heirs marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall by creating a typeface out of some of its original graffiti. 

Berlin agency Heimat created the font using 26 different letters taken from the street art. There's also a microsite, Voice of the Wall, where people can upload their own statements about freedom and make their own slogans to be shared on socia media. The statements will be collected and turned into a book which will be sent as a message to current world leaders.

The typeface is also being promoted by a film, seen here, which is narrated by the "voice" of the wall, depicting some of the terrible sights and sounds that it witnessed. According to Heimat, the process of creating it was complex, involving over three months of photographing remnants of the Wall. 

“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, chief creative offficer at Heimat in a statement. "We hope that this project will help remind audiences of our hard-won freedoms, which we must cherish and enjoy.”

 

Credits

Date
Nov 13, 2019
Client:
The Cultural Heirs
Agency:
Heimat-Berlin
Sound Design & Music:
Stephan Moritz
Sound Design & Music:
Mokoh Music
Online Tool:
visualtech

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