…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.


Stone skipping on the lake. Living with autism. Tchaikovsky. East German Childhood. Love for logic. Despair. Joy of life. Trust in surprise. Love swimming in the ocean. Imbalance. Freckles. Working with refugees. Fear of flying.

These are just a small handful of the altogether 10.957 common grounds connecting the over 20.000 people who participated in the Berlin Handshape project. Conceived by artist Meike Ziegler in collaboration with project manager Ivan Gabor as a social art project to commemorate the 30-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall in 2019, the Berlin Handshape project brought together people with diverse backgrounds from all walks of life, inviting strangers to talk, share stories, and form human connections.

Throughout the summer and autumn of 2019 a whole team of connectors facilitated – and fossilised these encounters all over the city of Berlin by gathering 10.957 so called Handshapes. A Handshape is formed from a ball of soft clay when two hands meet in a firm and friendly handshake – one for each day between November 9 1989 and November 9 2019. Together they form a symbol for togetherness and our shared humanity, the Monument to Human Connection. As a physical reminder of the profound power human connections can have it is now on display at the central memorial site of German division, The Berlin Wall Memorial, situated at the historic site on Bernauer Strasse.

More information: HANDSHAPE WEBSITE

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