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Handshape Berlin
Handshape Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Lea Kim Binger


The Monument to Human Connection

BERLIN HANDSHAPE is a social art project that brings people together – inviting strangers to talk, share stories, find common ground, and form human connections. People from all walks of life are coming together to create more than 10,000 handshapes.

The aim is to collect 10,957 individual Berlin HANDSHAPES – one for each day that has passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

What is the Berlin HANDSHAPE?

A handshape is formed from a ball of soft clay when two hands meet in a firm and friendly handshake – and there will be one for each day that has passed since the fall of the wall.

How to become a part of the Berlin HANDSHAPE?

Berlin HANDSHAPE © Handshape Project GmbH

Berlin  HANDSHAPE invites 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.

All 10,957 BERLIN HANDSHAPES together will form the Monument to Human Connection: a monument about Berlin’s collective aspiration for a better world.

Where can you go to create a HANDSHAPE and tell your story?

Former border at Berlin Wall Memorial
Former border at Berlin Wall Memorial © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Join us. Be a part of the Berlin HANDSHAPE!
In the visitor centre of the Berlin Wall Memorial and at temporary HANDSHAPE Meeting Points you can open a conversation, share your story with a stranger and get to know each other. Each Berlin HANDSHAPE is the lasting product of such an encounter and our shared humanity.

Participate in the Berlin HANDSHAPE project and become a part of the art installation. This will be opened to the public to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

HANDSHAPE Meeting points

  • Documentation centre, Bernauer Str. 111, 13355 Berlin - Tuesday until Sunday 12.30m - 5.30pm
  • at the HIER IN BERLIN  tour (schedule)


Just turn up and be a part of the Berlin HANDSHAPE!

We look forward to meeting you!

All Berlin HANDSHAPE stories

Logo Berlin Hand Shape
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Are you inspired by this project and want to know more about the common ground found by strangers? Read all stories that create the Monument to Human Connection.

Berlin HANDSHAPE stories