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Art installation “The Disappearing Wall”
Words against Walls: Take part in our Europe-wide quotes competition!

“Disappearing Wall”
Photo (detail): © Natalia Cheban

Be it a statement by Hannah Arendt, a lyric by the Beatles, a quote from the film “The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain” or a statement by the Hungarian Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertesz: in a Europe-wide competition, the Goethe-Institut is asking people in ten European countries for their favourite quotes from European high and pop culture. Everyone is invited to submit their proposals! The best quotes will be included in a wooden installation entitled “Disappearing Wall”, which will be on view in the ten participating countries in Europe from summer 2020 in the framework of Germany’s EU Council Presidency.

Interactive installations commemorating Europe’s diversity of languages and ideas will be put up in public spaces from summer 2020 in cities extending from Vilnius to Belfast and from Thessaloniki to Madrid. The attention-grabbing sculptures will be based on personal quotes that everyone can submit to a competition at the Goethe-Institut from now until 31 March 2020. The participating countries are Belgium, Estonia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain. The quotes can be from European high or pop culture, such as from well-known thinkers or artists from all over Europe. After the closing date, an independent jury will make a selection of the best quotes, which will then be used in the installation.

Entry requirements for participants: 

  • The quote can be contemporary or historic.
  • The quote can have a maximum of 124 characters (incl. spaces).
  • The quote must be given the correct source citation.
  • The quote can be submitted in the original language or in translation.
  • To participate, send us your quote via this form!

Entry deadline: 31 March 2020
The date of receipt applies. The jury’s decision is final.
For all questions, you can contact us anytime on Facebook, Twitter or by e-mail disappearing_wall_london@goethe.de!

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  • The “Disappearing Wall” installation consists of a Plexiglas frame in which around 6,000 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.
  • For the occasion of the German EU Council Presidency, the installation will soon be seen in ten European countries – everyone will have the opportunity to take blocks with quotes home with them. The photo shows people at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv. Photo (detail): Felix Rettberg
    For the occasion of the German EU Council Presidency, the installation will soon be seen in ten European countries – everyone will have the opportunity to take blocks with quotes home with them. The photo shows people at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv.
  • All that remains is the clear Plexiglas grid: The wall disappears. Photo (detail): © Natalia Cheban
    All that remains is the clear Plexiglas grid: The wall disappears.

About the installation

The interactive “Disappearing Wall” installation is based on an idea proposed by Y. Jablonina in a workshop carried out by the architect and engineer Werner Sobek and initiated by the Goethe-Institut. The installation consists of a Plexiglas frame in which around 6,000 wooden blocks with quotes are inserted. On the occasion of the German EU Council Presidency, the installation will soon be seen in ten European countries. After the installation is unveiled, everyone will have the opportunity to take blocks with quotes home with them. All that remains is the clear Plexiglas grid: The wall disappears.

"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.

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