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Opening of the “Disappearing Wall” in the Polish city of PoznanPhoto (detail): © Malta Festival Poznań 2020, Fot. Maciej Zakrzewski

European Diversity
Disappearing Wall

The interactive wall installation Disappearing Wall combines quotes from European high and pop culture to demonstrate Europe’s diversity. From summer 2020, the striking installations can be seen in ten European countries. In Cyprus the Disappearing Wall will be shown in October and November in Nicosia and Limassol.

Whether it’s a quote from Hannah Arendt, a lyric from a Beatles tune, a line from the film Amélie, or a statement by the Hungarian Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertész, the quotes chosen in local competitions for the installations are diverse. Through local competitions a diverse selection of quotes for the installation was made. In Cyprus over 100 quotes were submitted, in Cypriot dialect, as well as Greek, Turkish, English, German and French language. Participants took part in a raffle for a German language course, a tablet and ten 50 Euro gift vouchers at bookstores. The draw took place during the lockdown on Facebook on 16 April 2020.

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Video: Goethe-Institut Cyprus
The raffle

The over 800 submitted quotes from all participating countries formed a longlist. In each participating European country, a jury will select the 150 favourite quotes, which will be engraved on 6.000 wooden blocks in their original language as well as in translation.

The blocks form the core elements of the Disappearing Walls – public space installations that will be set up in central locations in ten European countries from summer 2020. The countries involved include Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Great Britain/Northern Ireland, Poland, Lithuania, Spain, Italy, Greece, and Cyprus. This means that quotes that were submitted in Cyprus could be selected in Spain or the Netherlands or vice versa.

  • Plexiglas frame in which wooden blocks with quotes are inserted. Photo (detail): © Natalia Cheban
    The “Disappearing Wall” installation consists of a Plexiglas frame in which around 6,000 wooden blocks with quotes are inserted.
  • Plexiglas grid Photo (detail): © Natalia Cheban
    All that remains is the clear Plexiglas grid: The wall disappears.
  • A look through the "Disappearing Wall" with some quote blocks Photo (detail): Natalia Cheban
    The “Disappearing Wall”
  • People stand before the “disappearing wall” Photo (detail): © Malta Festival Poznań 2020, Fot. Maciej Zakrzewski
    Big rush: Every visitor has the opportunity to take a block of quotes home with them.
  • Quotations from Lewis Carroll and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on wooden blocks Photo (detail): © Malta Festival Poznań 2020, Fot. Maciej Zakrzewski
    Submitted quotations from Lewis Carroll and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on wooden blocks
  • People stand before the “disappearing wall” Photo (detail): © Malta Festival Poznań 2020, Fot. Maciej Zakrzewski
    Big rush: Every visitor has the opportunity to take a block of quotes home with them.
  • Black and white photo of the “Disappearing Wall” installation in Tel Aviv Photo (detail): © Felix Rettberg
    Impressions from the "Disappearing Wall" installation in Tel Aviv
  • Black and white photo of the “Disappearing Wall” installation in Tel Aviv Photo (detail): © Felix Rettberg
    Impressions from the "Disappearing Wall" installation in Tel Aviv
  • Black and white photo of the “Disappearing Wall” installation in Tel Aviv Photo (detail): © Felix Rettberg
    Impressions from the "Disappearing Wall" installation in Tel Aviv

The Disappearing Wall will take place on 24 and 25 October 2020 at Faneromeni Square in Nicosia, on 7 and 8 November 2020 at the Molos seafront in Limassol and on 28 and 29 November 2020 at Selimiye Square in Nicosia. After the installation’s unveiling passers-by will be permitted to take a block of quotes home with them. All that will remain is the transparent Plexiglas grid that held them: the wall will disappear.

  • "In all beginnings dwells a magic force for guarding us and helping us to live." Hermann Hesse Illustration: Simone Philipou
    "In all beginnings dwells a magic force for guarding us and helping us to live." Hermann Hesse
  • "That is what islands are for; they are places where different destinies can meet and intersect in the full isolation of time." Lawrence Durrell Illustration: Simone Philipou
    "That is what islands are for; they are places where different destinies can meet and intersect in the full isolation of time." Lawrence Durrell
  • "It is not the wind's fault it scatters us – it is that we are leaves." Stephanos Pantelides Illustration: Simone Philipou
    "It is not the wind's fault it scatters us – it is that we are leaves." Stephanos Pantelides

The interactive wall installation Disappearing Wall is based on an idea proposed by Maria Yablonina in a workshop carried out by the architect and engineer Werner Sobek and initiated by the Goethe-Institut.

The presentation of the Disappearing Wall in Cyprus will be accompanied by a sound installation created by the composer Nektarios Rodosthenous.


Partner

The Disappearing Wall is a project by the Goethe-Institut, supported with special funds from the Federal Foreign Office for the German EU Council Presidency in 2020.

German Foreign Office and German EU Council Presidency 2020

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