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Four Sections of the Berlin Wall “Kings of Freedom” owned by Robert & MeiLi Hefner, are now on display at Bedok Reservoir in Singapore

By Metra Taleghanifard

On January 8, 2010 the Kings of Freedom were unveiled at Bedok Reservoir Park in Singapore. The Wall is on loan to Singapore by Robert and MeiLi Hefner. There were over 200 guests present at the unveiling including Mr. and Mrs. Hefner, George Yeo, Singapore’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lim Hwee Hua – Minister in the Prime Minister’s office and government officials from the German Embassy. With the historical panels in the background Robert Hefner and Minister Yeo conveyed their hopes that the Wall will become an inspiration to all Singaporeans. They believe that the park will serve as a backdrop for creative activities and community gatherings that will establish the Wall as an inspirational and historical icon. The panels are housed in a 1,400 sq meter glass enclosure in the eastern part of Bedok Reservoir Park. The final concept for the installation will include a bistro to further promote thought and discussion. Painted on the side of the Wall, which once faced West Berlin, the murals depict a bright and joyful king representing freedom and a colorless, blindfolded king who is oblivious to the wishes of his people. The side of the Wall which faced East Berlin remained unpainted. The Hefners believe the Berlin Wall installation will highlight the importance of tolerance and understanding within societies.

George Yeo at unveiling in Singapore



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