Leipzig Monument to Freedom and Unity



Ven, 16/12/2011

On 9th October 2011, the 22nd anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution of 1989, the City of Leipzig will hold an open application process for a Monument to Freedom and Unity.
The Leipzig Monument to Freedom and Unity is to be a national monument which transcends over the City through its location, stature and significance. It is to address a wide democratic public and above all, future generations through its political and artistic demands.
In May 2011, Leipzig City Council designated Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz as the location for the monument, directly on the Leipziger Ring, where the demonstration took place in 1989. The Leipzig Monument to Freedom and Unity is to be inaugurated on 9th October 2014 in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution in what will be the newly named ´Platz der Friedlichen Revolution`.

Artists, architects and landscape architects from all over the world are invited to submit an application by 16th December 2011 at the latest. 40 applicants/teams will then be chosen to take part in the restricted competition according to RPW 2008 (guide lines for planning competitions) . The selection of participants will be carried out by the client of Leipzig in consultation with a selection committee consisting of external experts.

The financial framework for the whole project is 6.5 million euro, of which 5 million euro will be from the Government and 1.5 million euro from the Free State of Saxony. A gross amount of 175.000 euro will be available for the competition.

Prior to the competition brief, the City of Leipzig organised a work-shop phase at which mainly citizens but also experts aired their opinions. Of special importance are the results of the youth work shop where young people from Leipzig and twin towns Hannover, Krakow and Houston, addressed the specifications of the competition. According to their assessment, it is important to carry the experiences of the Peaceful Revolution into the future and, above all, to bring home the events of the revolution to young people.

Lars Loebner
Tel. ++49 341 123-4834