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The "United Star of Europe" will be the result of an EU art project that I launched in December 2022. Via a call on Instagram, I asked trash collectors and artists from the 27 member states of the European Union to send yellow plastic trash they collected outside, photos and a text about themselves and their environmental activities.

This trash will be used to create a large "United Star of Europe" in the shape of the stars of the European flag. Texts and photos of the 61 project participants are published on this page. The star will be on display at my exhibition "Trash My Way" at the Federal Environment Agency in Dessau, next to a QR code that leads to this page. The exhibition runs from 10 October to 28 November 2024.

The star symbolises the plastic waste problem we all have, but at the same time also the many people who are not only aware of the problem but actively do something about it. It is a pleasure to read the texts of the participants and to look at their pictures. I am very impressed by what they achieve and how many others they have already inspired to do the same. I hope the star with its stories behind will be thought-provoking and inspiring.


I received several messages from Great Britain expressing regret that participation in the UNITED-STAR-OF-EUROPE project is not possible because of the Brexit. I am very sad that the United Kingdom is no longer part of the European Union. Of course it is part of Europe, but since the project is about the flag of the EU as its symbol, trash from there does not fit into the concept. The solution to the problem is an additional, German-British project. The artwork was completed at the end of August 2023, click here for the presentation of "Last Call".


On 9th April 2024 the collection was complete. 61 project participants from all 27 EU-countries had finally sent yellow plastic rubbish, pictures and texts, click on one of the links and you can read their stories.
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.


Original map of Europe by:  https://www.freepik.com/free-vector/europe-map-vector_333750.htm