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Muralist Adding Image of Kennedy to Berlin Wall Display on Wilshire

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Earlier this month the Wende Musuem installed 8 segments of the Berlin Wall in front of LACMA on Wilshire Blvd. This marks the longest stretch of the wall currently standing outside of Berlin. On November 8th, the 20th anniversary of the wall's falling will be commemorated via an event put on by the Wall Project, and more panels will be added to fully block Wilshire Blvd. Following an evening of activities and entertainment, at midnight the wall will be toppled, marking the anniversary, which will be broadcast live on German television.

In the meantime, local muralist Kent Twitchell, who is best known for his portraits, has been working on his contribution to the project. He's been painting a portrait of President John F. Kennedy on one segment of the wall. Other artists and institutions slated to participate in the project include Shepard Fairey, CalArts, and the Otis College of Art and Design.

See video of the wall's arrival on Wilshire Blvd. after the jump.