Is a monumental celebration of peace and unity, symbolized by
human connections through immortalized handshakes.

It is a reminder that we’re all connected, regardless of our differences.
The clay from the earth that we live on solidifies our human connection.

Berlin will be the shining example of the unity and peace through human connection with BERLIN HANDSHAPE, just as the fall of the Berlin wall had been 30 years ago.

HOW We invite two strangers to open a conversation, share stories and find ‘common ground’. The two strangers then shake hands with a ball of clay in the middle. This forms a small clay shape – a lasting impression – and one of the many clay symbols of human connections that together make up the Berlin HANDSHAPE.

The Handshape Project team is collecting 10,957 individual Berlin HANDSHAPES – one for each day that has passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. These HANDSHAPES together will be combined to form an art installation, “The Monument to Human Connection”. This will be open to the public to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 2019.





The Berlin HANDSHAPE was conceived by Meike Ziegler in 2017 to support the city of Berlin’s Tag der Deutsche Einheit celebrations and commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Her aim was to bring together strangers with diverse backgrounds and different perspectives, allowing them the chance to meet and get to know each other. Open dialogue allows us to understand one another on a human level, finding the common ground which unites us all.

Each Berlin HANDSHAPE is the lasting product of such an encounter and our shared humanity.





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