Monument Freedom & Unity
Award winning concept
The collaborative concept for the National Monument to Freedom and Unity, designed by Milla & Partner, Stuttgart together with Berlin choreographer Sasha Waltz, was one of three to be awarded equal first prizes by the jury in the first round of the architectural competition in October 2010, and then convincing the jury conclusively in the final round in April 2011. The concept is titled "Citizens in Motion" - a message that Milla & Partner and Sasha Waltz 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 - comprise an active constituent of the monument. The vision is that it will be an aesthetically ambitious, continually changing choreographic expression of the Peaceful Revolution of 1989.