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Virtual Earth map of Der Bevoelkerung - Letters in the german Bundestag

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The artist Hans Haacke was invited 1998 by the German Bundestag to develop a concept to the artistic organization of the northern halation in the Reichstagbuilding. The responsible committee of the parliament, the art adviser, decided 1999 for the realization of its project suggestion of the DER BEVÍLKERUNG = POPULATION. The acceptance of the draft released a violent discussion, which finally led to a debate in the Bundestag on 5 April 2000, with which the majority of the delegates for the work of art was correct. In the halation 21 x 7 m a large flat box was installed, from whose center in white shining letters the words of the DER BEVÍLKERUNG radiated upward. The signature is to be read by all floors of the building out, by the plenary assembly hall, from the pressing and parliamentary group level and by the visitors on the roof. It refers to the 1916 at the west portal of the realm tag building attached inscription the DEM DEUTSCHEN VOLKE. The Members of the Bundestag were invited to bring and scatter around the shining letters from their constituency a hundredweight earth to Berlin. President of the Bundestag at that time Wolfgang Thierse gave the prelude to 2000 on 12 September to this partizipatorischen phase of the work. Since then it is open the delegates to bring in at a time selected by them their constituency earth. The invitation for participation applies also to future, again selected delegates. Spontaneous plant stature is left.


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