Der Platz des europäischen Versprechens ist das Werk von 14.726 Teilnehmern, die Europa ein Versprechen gegeben haben. Ohne ihren Beitrag wäre die Arbeit des Konzeptkünstlers Jochen Gerz im Auftrag der Stadt Bochum nicht möglich gewesen. Ihre Namen füllen den Boden des neuen Platzes. Sie sind seine Autoren.

Über 10 Jahre lang hat der kreative Prozess gedauert, und Menschen aus Deutschland und ganz Europa haben sich daran beteiligt. Mehr als die Zahl der eingravierten Namen kann der Platz nicht fassen, doch wer heute über den Platz geht und im Meer der fremden Namen innehält, wird die Einladung zum eigenen Beitrag hören: Was haben die vielen Menschen auf dem Platz des europäischen Versprechens gedacht und was ist heute mein Versprechen?

The Square of the European Promise is the achievement of 14.726 participants who gave a promise to Europe. The work of conceptual artist Jochen Gerz, commissioned by the city of Bochum, would not have been possible without their contribution. Their names fill the ground of the new square. They are its authors.

People from Germany and all over Europe participated in the creative process which lasted over ten years. The square cannot accommodate more than the number of names that have been engraved. Everyone who passes it, today, tomorrow and in the future, and pauses among the “sea of names” will hear the invitation to contribute: What did the many people on the Square of the European Promise imagine? What is my promise today?



My name has been placed here. Platz des europäischen Versprechens -Square of the European Promise Bochum, Germany 2004 – 2015 OPENING WAS AT 11 DECEMBER 2015, 5PM IN BOCHUM. Europe will not speak with one voice, but with many. Tolerance has many voices. Like the stars that give their light to the night, the people give their word to the future.~ Jochen Gerz Over a period of ten years, the Square of the European Promise is being created in Bochum. It is an invitation to citizens from all over Europe to be the authors of a new square in Germany. 14,726 participants responded to the artist’s invitation and contributed their names. Each name – inscribed on the square’s 20 giant basalt names plaques – stands for a promise. The inspiration for the Square of the European Promise is the “Heroes Memorial Hall“ dating back to 1931, which is situated in the restored ruin of the tower of the Christ Church in Bochum. A first list features the names of the city’s citizens who died in World War I, as well as a surprising second list: The “enemy states of Germany“. Today all of them are Germany’s neighbours, partners and friends. Not only France, England, Italy, Portugal and the former Czechoslovakia are listed here, but also states from outside Europe such as the United States of America, Russia and China. This prophetic list anticipates World War II and the destruction of Europe. The Square of the European Promise contrasts both these lists with a third one: The names of the living. Their promises do not stand for a Europe of one but of many voices. They point to a shared future for all European people. All participants make a personal and unpublished pledge to themselves, thus creating an invisible manifesto of many identities and cultures – the Europe of today. The Square of the European Promise benefits from a unique deep and phosphorescent blue colour treatment. Laurent Fachard is a leading French light designer who’s designs include the Pont d’Avignon and the presidential Elysée Palace in Paris. The new square is immersed in a glow contrasting with the city lighting.

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