Friday, July 15, 2011

8 Unusual & Strange Walls Around the World

Walls have been built since ancient times, to mark borders, protect kingdoms and settlements, or keep out unwanted people. In more recent times, walls have also been built to serve as memorials and structures of art.

1. Chewing Gum Wall, Seattle, US
Not all walls are controversial and divisive. Seattle's gum wall is the place for any unwanted chewing gum, a tradition which was started by people queuing for the theatre. Currently the gum on the wall stretches to several inches thick and is a slightly alternative location for wedding photographs.

2. Storm King Wall, NY, US
Andy Goldsworthy (British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist) created the Storm King Wall in Mountainville, New York in 1997.  At 2,278 feet (694m) long, the site-specific sculpture is made from stones gathered around the Storm King Art Center’s property.

3. Security Wall, West Bank, Israel
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This wall is the most controversial in the world. It is being constructed by the Israeli government to separate the Israeli and Palestinian people of the West Bank. Currently standing at 8m (26ft) high, this wall remains a source of hostility and resentment between the two peoples.

4. Vietnam War Memorial Wall, Washington D.C., US
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a national war memorial in Washington, D.C. It is often described as the most moving memorial in the city, the Vietnam Memorial stands as tribute to those who died or went missing, intended to transcend political controversy in remembrance of the soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Its centerpiece, the Memorial Wall designed by Maya Lin, is made up of two black granite walls engraved with the 58,256 names of the soldiers.

5. Belfast Peace Line, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The Peace Line stands over 20ft (6m) high and was constructed to separate Catholic and Protestant communities in Belfast thereby 'keeping the peace'. What was meant as a temporary measure became more permanent as the barriers became longer and wider. The recent suggestion that they should be destroyed was met with anger from local residents and so its deconstruction remains a debated topic.

6. Green Line "Walls", Cyprus
In downtown Nicosia, the Green Line is made mostly of big, colored oil barrels; as you walk along, these yield to bulldozered bunkers with thick green overgrowth. The term Green Line refers to the cease fire line that de facto divides the island nation of Cyprus into two, cutting through the capital of Nicosia. It was first established in 1964.

7. "Ecobarriers" Wall In Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Beginning in March 2009, a concrete wall surrounds the Dona Marta favela, which sprawls over the Corcovado hills above Rio de Janeiro and housed approximately 7,000 residents in 2006 in more than 1,000 dwellings. Officials insist the wall exists to protect the remaining native forest as serves as an ecobarrier. Critics see the wall as a symbol of Brazil’s vast division between the rich and poor.

8. Lennon Wall in Prague, Czech Republic
The Lennon Wall or John Lennon Wall, is a wall in Prague, Czech Republic. Once a normal wall, since the 1980s it has been filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and pieces of lyrics from Beatles songs. In 1988, the wall was a source of irritation for the communist regime of Gustáv Husák. Young Czechs would write grievances on the wall and in a report of the time this led to a clash between hundreds of students and security police on the nearby Charles Bridge. The movement these students followed was described ironically as "Lennonism" and Czech authorities described these people variously as alcoholics, mentally deranged, sociopathic, and agents of Western capitalism. The wall continuously undergoes change and the original portrait of Lennon is long lost under layers of new paint. Even when the wall was repainted by some authorities, on the second day it was again full of poems and flowers. Today, the wall represents a symbol of youth ideals such as love and peace.
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  2. These are strange walls indeed but, I find them very enticing. The Greatest Wall of China should have been included in the list.

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  3. There are indeed a lot of strange places in the world. You can always come and visit different countries to see different spots and weird places. If you have the chance to check some cheap Manila flights, then you can go and visit Manila and other cities like Cebu and Pagadian that are known for beautiful and amazing spots and islands.

  4. West Bank Wall reminds me of the Berlin Wall. Israel should remember their past and not treat the Palestinian like the Nazi treated them. Everyone should be allowed to live in PEACE and have freedom of movement.

  5. Interesting post. A correction, though: Israel's Security Fence (less then 10% of it is a concrete wall) was not built to separate Israelis and Palestinians.Thousands of Palestinians and Israelis cross through the fence every day, not to mention the more than 1.5 million Israeli Arab citizens (some of whom consider themselves Palestinian) who live outside the West Bank.

    Rather, the fence was built for security purposes - to stop the gruesome Palestinian terrorist attacks on Israel's civilian population.

    And it worked: the number of successful attacks dropped drastically, down by 90% within the first year of construction.


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