I recently visited the Victory Column in Berlin’s Tiergarten.
The column inspired Wim Wenders to make Wings of Desire, a film about angels who listen in on the thoughts of humans.
Wim Wenders was a fan and friend of U2, and U2 was inspired by Wings of Desire and the city of Berlin, which extended to recording Achtung Baby at Hansa Studios. Hansa is also where David Bowie recorded his best work in the late 1970s, including the song Heroes.
To complete the circle, U2 play the angels who watch over, beneficently and enviously, the thoughts of Berliners in a song from Achtung Baby: Far Away So Close.