Brussels 1931. The world was at peace. After the terrible ‘Great War’ ended, Europe had embraced a new movement called ‘friendship for all’. There was a new energy, a
feeling of hope. The movement sprung from Germany in the early twenties. Having lost so much in the war, the people of Germany swore: never again.

Europe embraced the new movement and in return helped Germany build up their nation. The new movement spread across Europe as an oil spill, no more looking for scapegoats, but instead embracing cultural differences.

‘New Europe’ - as it was called - started a new era. A playground for new ideas, new open-minded science, a redistribution of wealth and the birth of clean energy.

One of the new engineers was a young German engineer called Graf Zeppelin. His invention, the City Zeppelin, hit the streets in all major European cities in the late twenties. The City Zeppelin (lovingly called ‘Elvis’, no one seems to know why though) uses electricity to silently glide through the streets.

The picture was taken in Brussels in 1931.

--- This work was created, based on an original photo made in Brussels during the 1930ties. The photograph was made by the client's grandmother. The original photo was the startingpoint for my investigation: when was the photo made? What tramcars were used? What movie was playing at the theatre on the right? How can I create a sort of tram that was visually attractive? I decided to create an alternative universe as the story above illustrates. I was able to find the film that was showing (Noah's Ark) and provide this on a custom made USBstick, fitting the style of the work. ---

Mixed materials, approx. 38cm high, 55 cm deep and 30cm wide.
Commissioned piece.