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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,
people give their promises to the future.

(Jochen Gerz)

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.

It took eleven years to finalise the participatory work commissioned by the city of Bochum. And, like so many times before in its history, Europe has changed during those years. What does that mean for the promises given at the turn of the century? What kind of future did the citizens of Europe imagine?

Throughout the years the question the Square of the European Promise asks remains the same. And everyone visiting or passing it in the future will find themselves answering it in one way or another. What is your contribution to the future today? The future belongs to those who imagine it today. The new square is a monument for something that does not yet exist.

Just like Jochen Gerz' iconic commemorative works - the Monument against Fascism in Hamburg-Harburg (1986) which has been hidden in the ground for many years now, or the Monument against Racism in Saarbrücken (1995) - the Square of the European Promise also plays with the invisible, the temporal and the contributions of living people. No other public square is the work of so many and no other square is dedicated, not to the dead, but to the living

The lighting concept is the creation of French designer Laurent Fachard, who previously lit the facade of the Elysée-Palace in Paris, and plans for the Square of the European Promise were developed by Soan Architects.

Square of the European Promise
Christuskirche Bochum / City Hall
44787 Bochum-Centre

Inauguration:11 December 2015 at 5 pm

Photo (c) Sabitha Saul, Dortmund

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Contact: Virgilio Pelayo + 49 173 9394492

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.

After over ten years of work in progress, a time filled with old and new ideas about Europe, many questions, contributions and one or the other challenge, the square is now ready to be opened to the public

We are very much looking forward to seeing you there and hope that everyone can make it. You will find the complete program of speakers, dignitaries and events up here soon.
Let’s fill the Square of the European Promise with people as diverse as the promises made and the names given. Please tell your friends and spread the word.

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.

Today at 5pm the inauguration will take place on the Square of the European Promise at the Christchurch, Bochum. Everybody is cordially invited!

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