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For a long time the European project was considered an obvious development that generated benefits for all parties concerned. The succession of serious crises that move the continent for a decade, endangers this project for the first time seriously. The Brexit could weaken the entire alliance sustainably.
The current situation is so loaded with problems that a positive sign appears necessary. Europe lacks visibility, public presence and positive feedback.
The continuity and stability of the European idea are existentially, especially during this difficult period of time.

This is the background for a light installation on the facade of ST. AGNES in Kreuzberg, which opposes the lack of visibility and presence with a statement for Europe. The project of morePlatz installs the letters EUROPA of 33 fluorescent tubes on the eastern facade of ST. AGNES. The installation shone in autumn 2016 for half a year, and subsequently moved to other locations.

The building of the former church is ST. AGNES with its bold appearance is part of the installation, quasi as a witness and support the idea of Europe. The building was renewed in 2015 and is since then used as exhibition space by the KÖNIG GALERIE who supports the project.

The highly visible installation should act as a strong sign and statement in public space. EUROPA represents the shared values of the European Community, stands for a free society and peaceful coexistence, and therefore for all the common achievements that are often perceived only unconsciously or as a matter of course.

Over the past centuries, the 'old' continent has undergone a development that has improved the lives of people. Democracy, human rights, legal and social state, liberty of movement - everything is based on a more or less continuous development, which previous generations have fought for and built up.

 

 

One of the greatest achievements after the two world wars was the extinction of old enmities, territorial claims and geopolitical expansion of individual nations and of nationalism as an ideology. Germany as a former aggressor plays in this case a special role. Respecting mutual limits was the prerequisite for overcoming them.

The continuous economic boom of the postwar decades allowed the stable period of growth and prosperity, the so called ‚Golden Generation', which lasted until the end of the century. The sequence of crises of the new millennium has put this trend to an end. Although these crises do not originate only in Europe, a growing number of the population makes the EU responsible and blames her, partly from a lack of understanding or knowledge of the context. The Europe-wide shift to the ‚right' is the result. This is a dangerous development. Populists profit from the mistaken belief that a retreat into national borders can solve the current problems.

 

 

In the age of digitalization and global networks it is not possible, to turn back the clock. People who are unable or unwilling to see beyond their own situation must be taken their fear of ‚strangers'. Europe needs to play to its strength and become aware of its advantages again. Anyone who has lived a longer period in another continent as for example Asia or Africa, can recognize the similarities of Europeans better than their differences.

The European identity is still underdeveloped. But it's exactly this identity, which can guarantee a future for the European Union.

This would require the improvement of living conditions for people who use Europe as a contiguous habitat, that exceed the national boundaries and that can recognize the larger context as a benefit.

 

 

People who use the European freedom of movement for real and spend their CVs in different countries, need, for example, a European mobile telephone contract, a European health insurance, a European pension, a European bank and account number, a European car license plates, and a European Chamber of Commerce etc .. Some of these things are already being planned and are in any case easier to realize than a European citizenship, or a European tax system, not to mention a European Republic. The barriers that exist mainly due to the different languages, are evident and the complexity of the European project is tremendous.

Once you say Europe, the background always reverberates with these complex relationships and manifold problems - but this sound also contains the whole history and the promise of a success.

The installation 'EUROPE' as a statement is so simple, like a neon sign, such as advertising for a brand that needs no justification, that everyone wants to have.


The opening of the installation took place on 26th of November at 6.00 P.M, Alexandrinenstr.118-121. Curator and writer Lukas Feireiss gave the opening speech.

The project originates from the initiative of morePlatz and is realized in the fall of 2016. To achieve this, we organized the financing of the installation by ourselves.
By a sponsorship it is possible to actively participate in the realization of the installation.
The thirty-three neon lights represent 33 sponsors, who support the idea.
The names of the project participants are engraved on the information board at the entrance of the gallery and were presented during the opening ceremony.

 

The installation at the ST. AGNES Church was temporary.
After half a year, it was dismantled and rebuilt at the flight tower of the Komische Oper Berlin. Its opening took place on May 9th, Europe Day, with the support of the European Commission, the PR Department of the European Parliament, the Allianz Kulturstiftung and the Schwarzkopf Stiftung, in attendance of the artistic director of the Komische Oper Barrie Kosky, the Berlin Senator for Culture and Europe Dr. Klaus Lederer, MEP Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann and representative of the EU Commission Richard Kühnel with music by members of the orchestra and the children’s choir of the Komische Oper.

Following the motto “Seid umschlungen” (“Be embraced”), the Ruhrtriennale Festival has explored European questions and issues over the course of three years and many events.
In 2017, the Ruhrtriennale has chosen the Europa sign to symbolize its commitment to Europe on the façade of the Jahrhunderthalle in Bochum.

supported by:
Marc Feustel, Nicola Borgmann, Architekturgalerie München,
Peter Scheller, Palais Mai, Kerria Wittenberg, Martin Schnitzer, Rabes + Möntmann, Ernst Baumann, Matthias Werner, Matthias Castorph / Goetz Castorph, Judith Schele Weise, Ruben Dario Kleimeer, Rene Rissland, Allard van der Hoek + Marit Vos, MVRDV, KCAP Architects&Planners, Wilhelm Koch www.europa-tempel.de, Antony Gross / Gapp Architekten, Frank Thiele / Factor Product, Angelika Maria Fink / Pathos Theater, Andrea Kyre & Max von Sydow, Sebastian Hennig + Daniel Zakharov, Urs Primas, Jens Studer, Franziska Schneider / SSP, Brigitte Russ-Scherer, Martine Vledder, Gabriel Lester / Polylester, John Bosch / OZarchitect, Hanna Wolff, Klaus Neumann / Realgrün, Chris Hohenester & Alessandro Cioffi, Regine Geibel / muenchenarchitektur.com, Georg Götze / Götze Hadlich Architekten, Anne Steinberger / BDA Bayern, Sauerbruch Hutton / Matthias Sauerbruch, Louisa Hutton, MEK Rechtsanwälte, Sally Below / SBCA

Komische Oper Berlin
Europäische Kommission
Europäisches Parlament
Schwarzkopf Stiftung
Allianz Kulturstiftung
Ruhrtriennale 2017

Fotos © Ruben Dario Kleimeer, Jens Schlüter


The Temple Museum is located at the Europastrasse E50 in Etsdorf since 2010. The Museum is dedicated to the 'Europe-Temple', a project for the Glyptothek in Etsdorf by Willi Koch - one of the sponsors of the first Installation at ST.AGNES - and shows exhibitions about Europe.
On the 9th of May 2018, members of the society 'friends of the Glyptothek Etsdorf' installed the lettering EUROPA on the pediment of the Museum.
The installation is an exact copy of the Original in Berlin and was officially lit for the first time by mayor Alwin Märkl at dusk of 'Europeday'.

 

In Etsdorf, EUROPA is multipling for the first time. The sign will be installed permanently and glows automatically every evening for an hour.

initiator: Wilhelm Koch Museumsleiter, Board of Directors,
participants: treasurer Rudolf Preitschaft, board Alfred Schwarz, sponsor Baumann GmbH Amberg, Thomas Rambach secretary, Hartmut Allwang electrician, Florian Maiwald

Foto: Markus Rebmann, Amberg

Since Friday 18th of May the EUROPE light installation is glowing on top of the mining tower next to Pact Zollverein in Essen.

The UNESCO world heritage Zeche Zollverein offered a perfect location for the installation. Currently the former mixing plant is hosting the exhibition „Das Zeitalter der Kohle. Eine Europäische Geschichte“ where probalbly the most precious exhibit is the Original founding charter of the ‘European Coal and Steel Community’ on display. The so-called Montan Union paved the way to the European Union.
The collaboration of the Western European mining industry initiated not only the international domestic market but also prosperity and a peaceful coexistence.

Being part of the European cultural heritage year, the EUROPA light installation reached the roots of the European community and illuminated in the last year of coal production in North Rhine Westphalia historical aspects as well as future tasks for the European continent as climate change and renewable energies.

 

The sign is glowing daily from 5 AM till midnight and is clearly visible from many viewpoints on the world heritage site.

Prof. Hans-Peter Noll, CEO of the Zollverein foundation: „The Europa lettering forms a visual sign for the international appeal of the UNESCO world heritage Zeche Zollverein.“

with kind support of:
Stiftung Zollverein
PACT Zollverein
Deutsches Nationalkomitee für Denkmalschutz
RAG Aktiengesellschaft

Video of the installation with kind support of Deutschens Nationalkomitee für Denkmalschutz: 
https://youtu.be/XzK6bAX8Oeg

Foto and Video: Jochen Tack


On the occasion of the cultural weekend 'Offen auf AEG', EUROPA is glowing in Nürnberg at the so-called 'Dallmann' - the former conveyor belt of the converted 'auf AEG' area.

The light installation is shining for at least six months and refers to the application of Nürnberg as European cultural capital in 2025.

The idea of mounting EUROPA at 'auf AEG' was initiated by Martin Schnitzer / Schnitzer&.

Many thanks for the successful crowd funding and to all the new sponsors!

support: MIB Coloured Fields GmbH, Bayerische Architektenkammer, Bewerbungsbüro Kulturhauptstadt Europas 2025 der Stadt Nürnberg
Montage: Meister Robrock / Teichmann Elektrotechnik

 

sponsors: Michael Ziller / Zillerplus Architekten und Stadtplaner, Dionys Ottl / Hildundk, Markus Stenger / Stenger2 Architektur, Nicolette Baumeister, Markus, Nicole and Hannah Denzlinger, Andreas Grabow / Grabow Hofmann Architekten, Josef Grillmeier, Matthias Heyder / Rösttrommel Kaffeerösterei Nürnberg, Martin Hirner / Hirner Riehl Architekten, Achim and Vroni Kammerer / studio lot, Ingrid Krau, Silke Langenberg and Yves Ebnöther, Sven Lechner / nyx Architekten Ingenieure and Raumwerk 23, Gesellschaft für Bauprojektierung, Miguel Loos / Loos Architects, Robert Neuberger / Maier Neuberger Architekten, Katrin Rohr / luxophil lighting, Karin Schmid / 03 Architekten, Rainer Viertlböck und Roland Wochnik.

Video: Louis Dölker
Foto: Rainer Viertlböck


Following the renewal of the Elbe islands and Harburg inland port, the Bille power station - a former factory complex from the late 19th century located in Hammerbrook - is becoming a focus of urban planning and will be part of a long-term development project in the east of Hamburg.

Under the motto "The space for city pioneers", the development in Hammerbrook promises a variety of perspectives. The landmark of the Bille power station has the potential to develop into an identificatory spot for the entire urban quarter.

The EUROPA installation draws attention to the site as a work of art with far-reach and positively promotes this development.

 


In the vicinity of the power plant are located several renowned art institutions as the Deichtorhallen, the Kunstverein and the Kunsthaus Hamburg.

We hope that EUROPA can contribute to the conversion of Hammerbrook into a hip part of town - with the Kraftwerk Bille as its new centre - and that the European project develops again more approval and stays a good habitat for 500 million people, with all its advantages that we aquired in long years and that it hopefully gets even better.

Foto: Ruben Dario Kleimeer

On the occasion of the Ruhrgames 2019, the Regionalverband Ruhr is implementing the EUROPA installation in the Landschaftspark Duisburg.
The location on the ‚Gieshalle' can be seen from afar from the A42 highway. The two-sided installation on both the east and west side of the bridge makes EUROPA visible also from the main entrance of the park.
Symbolically, European integration is shining across the entire Ruhr metropolis.

 

The historical industrial atmosphere will be paired with EUROPA between the blast furnaces of the landscape park.

Initiated by the Ruhr Games, the permanent installation stands as a symbol for the event and the integration of the sporting, social, cultural and European levels and the European values associated with them. The opening was attended by 17.000 people.

Foto: Sebastian Mölleken


In 2019, the ‚Landesvertretung Baden-Württemberg' in Berlin was organizing its European theme year. On 27th of June, the traditional annual Party was held.
The Prime Minister invited the several Federal and State Ministers, European ambassadors and around 1,700 guests from politics, society and culture. The light installation was lit up during the event and several months afterwards.

Being architects, with the EUROPA installation we touched political terrain for the first time. Our wish was always that this statement doesn't stay a oneliner, but that this project is filled with content.

On May 9th is Europe Day. On this occasion, the Liaison Office of the European Parliament in Germany, together with the König Galerie and Blogger Bazaar, organized an event to motivate many people to vote on May 26, 2019, three weeks before the European elections.

What does Europe mean for you? This question was answered by the architect Reinier de Graaf, Diana zur Löwen, and the actress Lea van Acken in their inspirational talks about Europe.

For this event we realized - together with Johann König - a small version of the EUROPA sign, consisting of 60 cm long light tubes, which was mounted on the bell tower of Königgalerie / St.Agnes.

 

From the 27th of September to the 8th of October 2019 the days of industrial culture took place in Wirkbau. Dealing with industrial culture, as well as the tension between identity and change, is an exemplary topic in Chemnitz.

Against the background of the application of the City of Chemnitz as European Capital of Culture 2025


 

the festival was kicked-off with the inauguration of the light installation EUROPA. We stand for Europe and make this visible in public space.
The EUROPA installation was initiated by MIB coloured fields and enlighted by the Lord Mayor Barbara Ludwig.

Foto: Walther Le Kon

On the occasion of the 'Living the City' exhibition, the EUROPA light installation shone above the main entrance of Tempelhof Airport, on the former pedestal of the imperial eagle. Occupying this place with a shining symbol of tolerance, openness and solidarity in Europe had so far been the highlight of the project.

 

A positive statement in public space for cohesion in Europe seems to have gained new relevance in 2020. With the European Green Deal, the continent is facing the challenge of restarting the economy after the corona crisis in a sustainable manner.

Foto: Allard van der Hoek

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