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The Past People of Potsdamer Platz

... by Phil Stubbs
Terry Gilliam has created a new installation in Berlin.

"I'm just back from Berlin," Gilliam told Dreams early in May 2006, "where I opened an art installation of my very own invention in Potsdamer Platz. It's called Past People of Potsdamer Platz. It involves four headless figures which, if you stick your head in their necks, you learn about the history of the place and, at the same time, have your photo taken to be combined with faces from the past on 10 floor-high light display on the side of a building facing the square."

Here are some pictures of the installation (taken by Bernd Hiepe), click on them for larger versions:


Click on these links to watch video material about the work. If this fails, right-click on them and select "Save Target As...", then save the file on to your hard drive and watch with your media player.

Terry Gilliam talks about the creation of "Past People of Potsdamer Platz"
Clip of Gilliam and team designing the figures
Gilliam in Potsdamer Platz with the screen behind

The installation will be at Potsdamer Platz, Berlin until 8 June 2006.
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