Staatsministerin für Kultur und Medien

National Monument to Freedom and Unity

Citizens in Motion

The concept for the National Monument to Freedom and Unity in Berlin, designed by Milla & Partner, is titled „Citizens in Motion“.

A message that Milla & Partner convey in an unexpected manner. The monument is animate and is not to be approached merely as an object for contemplation - the intention is that people shall actually enter it and walk on it and set it in motion, movement being achieved by visitors working together as a group. The design was created in a spirit where, by means of creative action, individuals are enabled to bring benefit to the community and as a consequence shape society. The visitors themselves - the citizens who set the whole in motion - become an active part of the monument. The vision is that it will be an aesthetically ambitious, continually changing choreographic expression of the Peaceful Revolution of 1989.

Extensive testing on a 1:1 scale required

The monument is a dynamic object that will be moved in slow motion by visitors. It is unique in form, content, interaction principle and its technological challenges. This requires extensive testing on a 1:1 scale.

In 2011, our plans in terms of gradients and the speed of movement of man and object were tested on a drawbridge in Mannheim which has almost identical dimensions to those of one half of the monument. In 2013, further lont-term testing took place: the surfaces of the monument, the angle of inclination, the accessibility and impact for the visitors were tested on the basis of a 1:1 earth model: people of different ages, from different backgrounds and in diverse group-dynamic constellations strolled, walked, ran and filled the monument.

„The monument is a social sculpture. It comes to life when people gather, communicate and move together. It´s an invitation to participation and an image of genuine democracy.”

Sebastian Letz, Architect and Creativ Director

OFFENER BRIEF VON DR. WOLFGANG THIERSE, GÜNTER NOOKE, FLORIAN MAUSBACH, GÜNTER JESCHONNEK

Offener Brief an die Mitglieder des Ausschusses für Kultur und Medien sowie des Haushaltsausschusses des Deutschen Bundestags