The idea is to set up Columns all over the city, throughout the country and around the world, in order to make our connectedness visible. Here all people from the surrounding area are involved and can participate. They are people from all strata and age groups of our society, without any preferences or evaluation.
Connectedness – this is probably the most important force that humanity has!
Connectedness is a special power, one that no one can have alone. We are more similar to each other than we believe and perhaps we can only survive together on this planet, if we recognise our attachment and trust in this power.
With the Column of Connectedness, this power gets a shape, so it becomes visible and tangible. It becomes a message. Associated with this is our hope to reach the people in the neighborhood directly. One will feel addressed by the Column and its message. Thus it becomes an object with which people can identify themselves with their neighbourhood, and even the world.
We are all in the same boat!
We all have realised how true this well-known figure of speech has become lately. Even if in the world attempts are being made to isolate and many borders are being fortified, it remains obvious that we cannot exist in isolation in the long term.
Even if our desire for demarkation is justified, we as a human family remain connected to everything that surrounds us.
Connectedness makes no difference whether it is felt or not, it simply is always present.
The “boat”, our world, is becoming more and more unsafe and threatening and its “passengers” become more alien to us. This unfamiliarity often seems frightening, but when we recognise our attachment to our fellow human beings, it can also feel reassuring and comforting.
We need togetherness, because we are part of a common whole!
Why portraits in profile?
Everyone has a profile, it’s just always there. It is a contour, a single line, but it tells a lot about us. It is our limitation to the outside and in an amazing, almost magical way expression of our personality.
In the call “Show profile!” there is great potential. No one who participates has to do much for it or become particularly active. Just the “I show profile!” is showing the willingness to recognise and accept connection as a being essential to our existence.
Why the compass rose as a capital?
At the top of each of these Columns, a compass rose indicates the cardinal direction and thus creates a connection to other Columns and the people in those neighbourhoods and even Columns all over the world.
As soon as there are several Columns, they are also provided with the appropriate coordinates and distance information and can thus refer to each other. Therefore the visitor will know where the next Column is located and how far it is from his location.
What could other Columns look like?
The basic idea is to always make the Columns approachable and tangible for people. Otherwise, there are hardly any limits to the design. One idea would be, for example, to install a Column with profiles of representatives from different countries of origin in each district. The term connectedness should be readable in the corresponding languages on the Column or its base.
Another possibility are smaller Columns with only a few people’s portraits in profile. Friends, clubs, companies, ensembles, groups of all kinds could participate. It will be easy for them to show their connectedness in this form. Here, too, it is important to show as high a degree of diversity as possible, i.e. a cross-section within the respective grouping.
Columns could also originate through people who join and make the statement: “We show our connectedness”. Following the same principle, large Columns with 50, 70, 100 profile portraits or more could be developed. Politicians and regional groups could then coordinate such projects and thus also contribute enormously to the formation of democracy. Here, the Columns with their human profiles become a symbol for the stability of our society.
The togetherness develops on site when we meet and get to know each other. And this is the only way to create connection and rooting, the feeling of home.
An awesome idea! I can already see the Column in front of me, preferably directly on the market!
Rahlstedt rockt! Deshalb steht auch dieser erste Leuchtturm bei uns.
Die Säule der Verbundenheit ist gerade in der heutigen Zeit ein Leuchtturmprojekt und sollte zeitnah umgesetzt werden. Diese Säule bringt uns aus der Dunkelheit in das Licht!
Connectedness, support and hope - that's what people need, especially now in these times!
Connectedness is exactly what humanity needs right now!
Großartig! Ich freue mich, über dieses Zeichen hier in unserem Rahlstedt: Gemeinsam und nicht gegeneinander!
Those who understand connectedness also live differently.
A great idea! Like the peel protects the apple, the Column of Connectedness can preserve and enhance the district.
Endlich ein Kunstprojekt mit dem ich etwas anfangen kann! Die Säule kann ein sehr schöner Treffpunkt werden! Man kann an ihr immer wieder Neues entdecken.
Ein Leuchtturmprojekt mit hohem Identifikationspotenzial. Großartig!
I hope the column will be standing in front of my shop!
The Building Permit
Dear friends, the authorities have approved the construction of the column! We are still stunned by the great news and super happy! Four years have
The first drill
Dear Connected! The exploratory drilling for the column has been completed. Ein Team einer Baugrunderkennungsgesellschaft hat die Arbeiten bis in 8 Meter Tiefe ausgeführt und
Application for Construction and first work samples
The implementation of the construction continues. As mentioned in the last blog post, there is a lot to organize and think about. I signed the
The development of the Column is progressing￼
After a number of regional assemblies and meetings with politicians, civil servants, local residents and the Wandseterrasse Round Table, the location of the column has