Dear residents of Differdange,
I visited the space last week and what immediately became apparent is that it is used for different activities by all age group and at separate parts of the day (and night). It is also apparent from the description that this place is frequented by teenagers for quite some time now, it does not need too much advertisement and I don’t think it would be very much appreciated if it was to suddenly become too busy. There are various parts around where teenagers could hang around, standing or sitting down on the cement or ground. We could organise (as part of the intervention) a couple of days (as per need) to look for logs, cut them in a way they can become “chairs” and place them around and clean and prune a bit; i.e. make the area look as belonging to an old building not as an abandoned area. This could also serve as a spot for hikers, dog walkers and generally passers by to stop rest and enjoy it. The building at its current state is not the prettiest sight but one can enjoy the nature. Alongside enjoying the nature one could also enjoy art. I recently cast in bronze a sculpture of mine that I believe would fall in place very well. It is called “beauty”, it is a fragmented bust and very organic (see photos). Installing permanently a sculpture there, in the middle of nowhere, without any specific purpose, is a very meaningful act; art is part of everyday life; art can be enjoyed everywhere; art belongs to a living room as well as in a quiet public place you need to look for. Art can be found everywhere. I visualise that the installation of “beauty” will trigger the installation of other artists’ work around the area which will trigger a variety of future events. When for example enough work is in place, alongside the “normal” hikes, a “Sculpture Hike” could be created. An “Art Hunt” could be organised, a whole day event that could end with a big bbq around the building (or elsewhere). As these events would take place during the day, the area would be free for the teenagers later in the evening/night to socialise (and maybe also discuss how much fun the sculpture hunt was earlier that same day)
Thank you for your time Manolis Manarakis
P.S. The building is currently covered in graffiti. Although some tags are well done their positioning and relation to its other does not add up to an overall pleasing result. As part of the intervention, we are not supposed to touch the building; as in reality it looks inevitable for people using the space not to add more graffiti, maybe “beauty” will trigger them to see the building painted in a more fitting background (like for example as in the photo)
If though we are in luck and we will be eventually allowed to “touch the building” then the graffiti will become part of the project preferably in collaboration with young graffiti artist (amateurs or professional) from Differdange.