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Citizens in Motion by Milla & Partner

by on 25/ 04/ 2011, under Art, History, Uncategorized



“if you want to make it move, you have to get a group together and all go in a particular direction… That’s what a peaceful revolution is about.” Johannes Milla

„Wir sind das Volk. Wir sind ein Volk.“

It takes more than a decade to finally announce this kinetic monument to celebrate German reunification and the 1989 peaceful revolution. The final winning design is from Milla & Partner, who call their monument “Citizens in Motion”. The monument will be 55 meters long, weigh 330 tons and holding up to 1400 people.

The Guardian quotes Milla describing the ethos behind the monumen’s design (i.e. if you want to make it move, you have to get a group together and all go in a particular direction): ”That’s what a peaceful revolution is about. The rest of the world’s monuments are built to be looked at. With this concept, it’s the people who’ll make it into something. The people will make it their own.”

The asphalt bed of the monument will carry the slogans of the 1989 demonstrations: “Wir sind das Volk” (We are the people) and “Wir sind ein Volk” (We are one people).

“The maximum speed for highest lifting distance of 320 cm takes 65 seconds.”

To get this monument in motion a group of people is needed. The maximum speed for highest lifting distance of 320 cm takes 65 seconds. In comparison if you climb the stairs with the same distance it probably will take you 15 seconds. The slow movement is needed to reach a gentle and comfortable feeling for the users. The subjective speed is much higher, because the other side moves up.
Milla & Partner announced that with 50 people can lift about 100 cm(subjective 200cm). 500 people will be needed for 160 and just 20 will lift 50 cm.

The lifting will be controlled by hydraulic cylinders with nitrogen manufactured by Paul Maschinenfabrik GmbH. For safety reasons 60 cm underneath the shell is secured with X-Tend mesh. Surface heating is build-in to have a full-year operation. Estimates costs will be 10 million €.

“The movement initiates the users to be active. So the users can experience and witness the “weight” of democracy.”

The outer shell will be made of a shiny perforated steel. The perforation shows demonstrators of the revolution grouped together as strong unity. The “light” appearing shell design associates with boat, an open-hand or a leaf. This supports the concept of freedom and democracy.

All in all this kinetic monument is really an outstanding object and will be followed during the building process here on KineticArchitecture.Net. The movement initiates the users to be active. So the users can experience and witness the “weight” of democracy. In a capital city of Germany with such history, aims this monument the current users to continue the heritage of the peaceful revolution. Democracy and freedom is not a state on which a society can rest on but a continues process which lives from the commitment of the citizens, freedom of speech and elections.
„Wir sind das Volk. Wir sind ein Volk.“






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Sources

http://www.milla.de/#/de/projekte/preisgekroente-wettbewerbsteilnahme/

http://www.bbr.bund.de/nn_21146/DE/WettbewerbeAusschreibungen/PlanungsWettbewerbe/Ablage__AbgeschlWettbewerbe/Ablage__2010/FreiheitEinheitDenkmal/FreiheitsEinheitsDenkmal__2/FED__Wettbewerbsentscheid__2011/FED__Entscheidung.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/apr/18/berlin-monument-wall-fall

http://www.architizer.com/en_us/blog/dyn/19386/giant-seesaw-coming-to-berlin/

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