UNITED STAR OF EUROPE
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 project participants will be published successively on this page. The star will be on display 2024 at my exhibition "Trash My Way" at the Federal Environment Agency in Dessau, next to a QR code that leads to this page.
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.
SPECIAL CASE UNITED KINGDOM
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".
Project participants from the yellow countries have already sent rubbish and texts, one click on the link 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.
CURRENT PROJECT STATUS
Original map of Europe by: https://www.freepik.com/free-vector/europe-map-vector_333750.htm