INSPIRATIONArt connects our hearts
«The point is, art never stopped a war and never got anybody a job. That was never its function. Art cannot change events. But it can change people. It can affect people so that they are changed… because people are changed by art – enriched, ennobled, encouraged – they then act in a way that may affect the course of events… by the way they vote, they behave, the way they think.»Leonard Bernstein
Summer 1996, Boston MA, USA. Finishing up my four years of studying music at Berklee College of Music. A wonderful time. Through my studies I was able to connect with musicians around the world and share with them my love for music and the arts. Could people around the world also find a connection like this? Could this happen ouside a prestigious Music College? What would it take to finde such a connection? Could such an connection be promoted or advertised? Would such a connection lead to more peace around the world?
In my imagination a global art project started to take form, having its incubation in the Worldcrossing Times Square New York, spreading out into the world like a magic trick, like a almost to big challange that becomes true, that in its own magic nature would symbolize and proof our hope for peace. On a Billboard, from far, you would see the world, and if you would move closer, you would see that the world was formed by the words „I love you“ in all written languages. Suggesting that love is an universal power and a personal at once. A language just like music. I imagined people beeing inspired by this Billboard and helping it going viral into Times Square and then the world, inspiring other people worldwide to unite for a moment in time in their wish for love and peace.
A childs view of peace
But why was this so important to me? Since early childhood I had this strong wish for worldpeace, probably like many of us. My parents grew up in Germany during the war. My mother was a refugee. It’s said that the experience of war children is passed on to their own children, and that these children also somehow emotionally become children of war. My mother tought me the importance of anti violence, and it became one of my core principles. Maybe that’s where my deepest wish for peace came from.
Advertisement could also promote Peace
We all know about advertisement and its promoted power. As a Teenager I thought this could also be used to promote peace. If I learn more about it, I might take action myself. I later on learned that advertisement can’t advertise everything, its limited to adress wishes that are already dormant inside of us. Could there be a dormant wish for peace that we could adress? Is there a dormant wish for a global peace we all share, like the wish to connect in music that I experienced in Boston?
Early Draft of the Loveposter