Don’t get crazy and take the headline for face value! Germany is still one country! Now that we got that disclaimer out of the way for you folks with zero attention span (including everyone in our offices), we want to tell you about an interesting development that will turn into an event soon.
A year after the wall fell, a section from Waldemarstrasse was put on display in Manhattan, in the plaza behind 520 Madison Avenue. The piece was tremendous and weighed nearly 33,000 pounds! What? Huh? Only Jerry Speyer, chairman of the Tishman Speyer real estate company could pull this off! Oh and by the way, he owns the building where it hangs.
Pretty awesome, yes? We thought so too. Until it disappeared. Where did it go and how did it disappear unnoticed. It definitely did not go unnoticed and we didn’t know where it went until recently. Mr. Speyer said that the piece wasn’t as durable as they originally thought and is going through a significant conservation effort. Maybe that’s because of all of the water hitting it? We’re just saying.
Thought that a $50,000 piece could pack more of a punch? We did too. Anyway, the good news is that it will be back on display soon for all of us to consume and enjoy. Maybe not the best part of your history book but certainly something to appreciate hanging on a wall in New York City.
Stay tuned for more details on when it will be on display but don’t fill up your calendar yet; the piece is nearing completion.