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SQUARE OF THE EUROPEAN PROMISE
|Christuskirche Bochum / City Hall | 44787 Bochum-Centre
Inauguration: December 11, 2015 at 5 pm
An artwork by many and a central site for the European idea - in 2004 the citizens of Bochum in the Ruhr-area of Germany first followed the invitation of internationally renowned artist Jochen Gerz and gave a promise to Europe. Everyone kept their promise to themselves, but the names of those who pledged were inscribed into the ground of a new square - the Square of the European Promise.
Just like the stars give their light to the night,
As people from the region, Germany and later from all over Europe continued to participate, thousands of names filled the square. Today, with 14.726 names engraved in the 63 giant basalt stone plates on the 3.000 sqm square in the city centre, each representing a different and personal contribution, the square has become truly European.
Square of the European Promise
Inauguration:11 December 2015 at 5 pm
Photo (c) Sabitha Saul, Dortmund
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The Square of the European Promise is a public authorship project by Jochen Gerz, commissioned by the city of Bochum and funded by the federal state government of North-Rhine-Westphalia,, the city and the protestant church of Bochum. The square finalises the Cultural Capital Year RUHR. 2010. (Kulturhauptstadtjahr RUHR.2010.)
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As the stones with the names of the 14.726 participants - all those who pledged their promise to Europe - find their place in the Bochum city centre and the Square of the European Promise becomes reality the preparations for the inauguration are well underway.
Today, after 11 years of work in progress, the Square of the European Promise will be inaugurated and handed over to the public. All those who gave a promise to Europe, the future and to themselves, and gave their name to represent this promise, are the authors of the square. Without them the project would have not been possible. Today at 5 pm people will come together on the square to celebrate the finalisation and even more so the many thoughts, questions and answers the square has produced and will continue to produce in the future.