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The Peace Gate
Each Metal Earth model is laser etched in meticulous detail on one, two, or three 11 cm (4.33") metal sheets. Pop out the pieces by hand (or use wire cutters to get especially crisp lines), bend the tabs using needle-nose pliers, and fit them together as shown in the simple pictorial instructions. Metal Earth models are a little less challenging than our 3D wooden puzzles, but you do need some patience and dexterity because they're also much smaller. For maximum dramatic effect, display your model on the LED Display Base or the Solar Spinner (sold separately, see the Related Products tab).
Brandenburg Gate is an easy Metal Earth model. It consists of just 21 pieces on two sheets of metal.
Please note that Metal Earth models have sharp edges and are not suitable for children under 14.
Are you curious...?
In the 1730s the Prussians expanded Berlin's city walls to include the growing city center and its major suburbs. The Brandenburg Gate was one of 18 portals in that new wall. The arch design, based on a gateway to the Acropolis in Athens, was meant to symbolize peace, but the gate was soon put to work as a triumphal arch for Napoleon's conquests. The Nazi party used it as their symbol, and it was incorporated into the Berlin Wall during the Cold War. So much for peace symbols.