Trampling barriers: Mancos artist’s bronze sculpture honors fall of Berlin Wall

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Trampling barriers: Mancos artist’s bronze sculpture honors fall of Berlin Wall

Artist Veryl Goodnight stands within her sculpture, “The Day the Wall Came Down.” One full-size casting is at the Allied Museum in Berlin and the second full-size casting is at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
Though a thousand artists submitted plans for artistic commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the only art accepted by the City of Berlin was Veryl Goodnight’s “The Day the Wall Came Down,” which has four bronze running mares and a bronze stallion to represent freedom.
In a huge C-17 cargo transport jet, the U. S. Air Force delivered Veryl Goodnight’s large 7-ton bronze sculpture of running horses to Berlin, Germany on the 50th anniversary of the Berlin Blockade and Airlift.
German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, left, and President George H.W. Bush stand beside the sculpture “The Day the Wall Came Down” at Texas A&M University. Kohl was the longest serving German chancellor since Otto von Bismarck and was a crucial leader during German reunification between 1990 and 1998. Intended to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall, the bronze sculpture of flying horses now also honors the late President Bush.
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