27th October 2020
Interactive art installation, The Disappearing Wall, makes UK debut in the city of Belfast.

The Disappearing Wall is one of five Europe-wide cultural projects delivered by the Goethe-Institut on the occasion of the German EU Council Presidency in 2020.

This week, the installation will be opened in Belfast, Northern Ireland which has been chosen to host the work on behalf of the UK and joins a number of European countries including Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy and Greece. The Disappearing Wall will be on display in front of the Titanic Belfast, from October 21 to November 11. The installation celebrates Europe’s diversity of languages and ideas. 

The Wall is made of a plexiglas frame which will display 6,000 wooden blocks showing original and translated quotes collected by the Goethe-Institut earlier this year via local contests across Europe.

Visitors to the Wall are invited to take home a block that will contain one of a wide range of quotes, from the likes of Albert Einstein, Adorno, Rosa Luxemburg, Sartre and Jonas Mekas, to Beatles’ lyrics and lines from Winnie the Pooh or the film Amélie. As more and more blocks are removed, the Wall will ‘disappear’ with only the clear Plexiglas grid that held them remaining.

Those who cannot travel to Belfast to visit will have the chance to receive a block of history by registering their interest here.

The EU Cultural Programme reflects on the idea of Europe, past, present and future, inviting questions around identity and community and the role of young people in shaping Europe’s future. For more information: www.goethe.de/eu2020/en