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“Disappearing Wall”
European Diversity

Mizející zeď
Mizející zeď | Foto (detail): Natalia Cheban

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.

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. Now they are being engraved – in the original language and in translation – on 6,000 wooden blocks. 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.

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. 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.

Dates and locations of the Disappearing Walls*:

  • 11 September: Thessaloniki
  • 18 September: Belfast
  • 18 September: Segovia (Spain)
  • 25 September: Vilnius
  • 25 September – 4 October: Turin
  • 3 October: Brussels
  • 10-11 October: Nicosia
  • 14 November: Barcelona

*subject to change
  • 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.
  • 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.

 

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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