Stiftung Flucht, Vertreibung, Versöhnung (Foundation for Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation) is a documentation center for instances of expulsion and ethnic-cleansing worldwide, with a specific focus on the expulsion of Germans after WWII. The new center is to be located in historic 'Deutschlandhaus' in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
The objectives of the NGO who run the foundation are to document post-WWI expulsion & deportation of Germans from various countries; to provide a room for sadness, sympathy & forgiveness; to document the integration of uprooted Germans into new German society; and to document the expulsion and genocide of other peoples, especially in Europe.
The space around Deutschlandhaus becomes particularly important in light of the objectives of the foundation. Working with leading contemporary artists from Berlin, we proposed a combination of art and urban design that represents the flight and return of displaced Germans.
At the entrance to the center a bronze statue shows 3 states of German territory from dates preceding WWII. This shows the impact of the displacement of those who lived in areas that changed status, sometimes overnight.
On the other corner of the space, trees are planted in different angles. The trees grow away from each other, but over time their branches grow together in the same direction.
Status: 2nd Prize
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Team: Sophie Holz, Maja van der Laan, Martin Tietz; and Oliver Störmer & Cisca Bogman (Artists)