I met Leslie Jimmerson at The Reader’s Cove in Fort Collins the day I was signing there. She had a copy of her book, The World’s Too Small for Walls: The Berlin Wall Book with her, and she was kind enough to stop by my signing table for a chat and to show me her stunning piece of photo history. I had heard about the book recently (November was the 20th anniversary of the wall’s demise) as there had been coverage by 9News.com as well as a nice article in the Fort Collins Coloradoan. I was pleased to get a first hand look at this hardback collection of photos of the murals and graffiti originally painted on the remaining chunks of wall, later named the East Side Gallery.
Jimmerson was in Berlin before the celebratory sandblasting and replacement of the art, and she came home with 700 photos and an idea. By pairing the art with relevant quotations, she has created a lasting memorial to the original East Side Gallery art and provided her own interpretation, through the words of others, of what this freedom art meant to the people of Berlin and around the world.
The World’s Too Small for Walls: the Berlin Wall Book is available only at The Creative Underground at Timeless Creations. The book is listed in the sidebar on the left.