Every Wall Falls Eventually



Every Wall Falls Eventually is the name of a piece of the Berlin Wall on display in the food court area of the Bausch and Lomb Headquarters. It was installed there in 1995.1

Careful scrutiny of its display reveals traces of an amusing story: The slab is authentic. The graffiti is not. A misunderstanding led to its surface being sandblasted clean prior to its acquisiton. This did not correspond to the wishes of Bausch & Lomb, who had hoped to bring to Rochester an authentic piece of the wall for display. It arrived blank. In response to their disappointment, Bausch & Lomb commissioned a local artist to recreate the graffiti on this section of the wall from archival photos. Study the photos accompanying its display and smile. While the artist came close, it is clear the reproduction is not exact.