Thursday, January 7, 2010

Europe Day: one day brief

I first saw this logo in France a few years ago and i have always admired since. It has a simple beauty that captures movements and transformation between two classic images: birds and stars. I could incorporate the stars from the European flag with a dove, a universal symbol of peace.

In 2002, Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and his Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) designed a new flag in response to Commission President Romano Prodi's request to find ways of rebranding the Union in a way that represents Europe's "diversity and unity". It displays the colours of every European flag (of the then 15 members) as vertical stripes. Unlike the current flag it would change to reflect the member states. It was never officially adopted by the EU or any organisation, however, it was used as the logo of the Austrian EU Presidency in 2006.

'The EU memorial – speculations on public sculpture' made part of theSpeculations on Space urban interventions by the Bauhaus Kolleg 2006-07 in the European Capital of Culture 2007 programme in Sibiu, Romania. The aim of this intervention was to go against the typical character of a memorial, to provide a space for reflection and interaction.

The number of stars on the European flag is fixed at 12 and obviously doesn't relate to the number of member states in the EU, of which there are currently 27 and constantly changing. Because of the ubiquity of the number 12 for groups in European cultures and traditions 12 was the decided number. Below are examples of where the number appears in European culture.

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