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Suwanee displays Berlin Wall art exhibit

Special Photo A piece of the Berlin Wall will be displayed in front of City Hall in Suwanee for about two months. The 8,000 pound exhibit is designed to generate interest for an auction by the Auction Management Corporation.

Special Photo A piece of the Berlin Wall will be displayed in front of City Hall in Suwanee for about two months. The 8,000 pound exhibit is designed to generate interest for an auction by the Auction Management Corporation.

SUWANEE -- A historic symbol from the Cold War era stands in front of City Hall in Suwanee, a colorful reminder of East Berlin.

The piece has been in the Atlanta area since 1991, and its owner, DeHaan and Co. Financial Partners, hopes the prominent display will generate interest before an auction. The concrete artwork is about 13 feet tall and weighs about four tons and is decorated with graffiti.

"We're thrilled to be able to exhibit this section of the Berlin Wall," said Suwanee Economic and Community Development Director Denise Brinson in a news release. "It's a cool way to bring an important piece of art and history to area residents. This display fits in well with Suwanee's goal of making art accessible."

The piece will be on display for about the next two months as the Auction Management Corporation prepares to auction it off.

The graffiti that shows a building, people and the American flag on the concrete section once faced west.

The 100-mile wall, constructed by the German Democratic Republic starting in 1961, cut off West Berlin from East Germany and from East Berlin. The Wall came down in 1989 following protest demonstrations.

Auction details have not been released.