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Berlin memorial : Parliament of trees secures financing

Ben Vagin is looking forward to the spring: of The 89-year-old artist and Creator of the memorial site of the "Parliament of trees", you can first breathe a sigh of relief, his project will continue. The Bundestag decided at the end of last year, that it is to be saved, and now the funding is in place. The project is now funded by money from the Lotto Foundation Berlin, last week was granted a Rate of 175 000 euros. That is to say: with the new trees!

Vagin had secured in 1990, the site in the government quarter and started to plant trees. With time, an impressive place of remembrance for the victims of the GDR, the wars of the world and for the victims of the wall.

The sculptor and painter is taking care with great energy to the care and preservation of the site with the 58 segments of the Wall, granite slabs with the names of victims of the Wall, works of art, paintings, text panels, and the many trees – including a square with 16 trees, of the Minister presidents of the German Länder. The future of the place, however, was long uncertain, before the Land Berlin, it was the Parliament of the trees by 2017 under monument protection and of the Bundestag, said the end of 2018 for the next 999 years.

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construction works were like in the past, trees and a part of the site separated. Vagin says, for him, the felling of the trees was always "particularly painful". But now the country, but behind him: Katrin Lompscher (Left), Senator for urban development and Housing, will on the 24. April tackle even if there is a new tree is planted. 25. April is arbor day, "and that suits it quite well," Vagin. A fruit tree should it be, maybe an Apple tree – "in order for there is also something Delicious".

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