Thursday, August 11, 2016
The Berlin Wall divided East Berlin from West Berlin and included a strip of no mans land that was off-limits to people and guarded by vicious dogs and patrolling soldiers who were trained to shoot on sight. But rabbits ran free there, burrowing under the wall and hopping off from East to West. Berliners on both sides of the wall saw the rabbits as reminders of the freedom of movement they once had.
When the wall fell in 1990 the rabbits dispersed. In 1999, Berlin artist Karla Sachse installed the silhouettes of 120 brass rabbits into the asphalt at the site of the former border crossing. The project is called Kaninchenfeld, which is “rabbit field” in German.