Frankfurt is keen on Europe

Departure. Detour to the Frankfurt Christmas market

On 27 November 2014 the vintage streetcar of Frankfurt’s public transit company began its scheduled tour through the streets of the Frankfurt city center. In the midst of all the Christmas trees, wooden figures, gingerbread, Christmas cookies and mulled wine, every evening between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. the visitors of the Christmas market could observe a tram full of globes passing by …

What were they thinking? What feelings were aroused by this spectacle? Were they surprised? Half of the crowd reaches immediately for their phones to take a photo or even a selfie in front of the tram. Many of them google the word “youropean” to find out more. Some just stare and enjoy the sight of the illuminated globes, which light up the scene with a warm and cozy glow. Yet others begin to think about the message that is being communicated by all of this … which leads to speculation. And a few people ask those standing next to them, perfect strangers who just happen to be at the same place at the same time, and this leads to conversations… Perhaps someone here already knows what the tram full of globes is intended to signify and that person spreads the word. Which is how a wonderful dialog about Europe can begin between people, all of whom would have passed each other in the street without a word, if it hadn’t been for the streetcar …

 

“This is art. Everyone must decide for themselves if they want to be touched by it and how,” says Anna Warnke, teacher of the 40 pupils from the Paul Hindemith school.