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.

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.

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

Artist and sculptor Veryl Goodnight works in her Santa Fe home and studio preparing the 1¼ life-size horse sculptures. Goodnight moved to Mancos in 2006, and her Goodnight Gallery is part of the town’s artistic renaissance.

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

Inside the vast C-17 cargo plane, named “The Spirit of Berlin,” airmen secured the carefully wrapped horses. Earlier in Denver, children had decorated the wrapped horses with candy to commemorate the “candy bombings” of desperately needed food, clothing, fuel and candy, which the young U.S. Air Force had delivered to Berlin families in 1947-48.

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

“The Day the Wall Came Down” is the most popular attraction at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University. In Germany, President Bush is considered “the father of reunification,” because he urged East and West Germany, split during the Cold War, to come back together as one nation despite enormous economic and social difficulties.
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