Germany,Cultural Education for

BOOM | the tree

Together with the Wesermünde church district, the Bürgermeister-von-Soosten School organized the “Week of Tolerance”. The elementary school children dealt playfully with multilingualism, dialects and accents, and broached the subject of Bremerhaven’s own low german language area, which is strongly determined by the low german dialect in the surrounding area. A word and its variants can be seen from many different angles in many different contexts. The children playfully explored the variations and meanings of the same words in their different dialectal forms. We transferred this game to another medium by using transparent acrylic panels and paint. The children stood facing each other with a transparent acrylic panel between them. The panels then became the canvas for the mirrored portraits they drew of each.

The children portray themselves on acrylic

Multilingualism | Illuminated from all sides

At the end of the week, the children used the same techniques with kinetic acrylic parts. These circular objects were integrated into the specially designed sculpture BOOM, which means “tree” in low german. Finally, the sculpture was ceremoniously handed over to the school and permanently installed at the grounds. The duration of the project was one week and was designed for the 3rd grade, i.e. children from 8-9 years.

The ceremonial handing over of the sculpture BOOM including the designed acrylic parts of the children

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