The largest infrastructure project of the EU - a lifeline between two continents -totalling 230 billion euros. Construction will begin in spring 2017 (from both continents). Date of completion: 2030. The construction request was submitted to the EU’s ISF Borders as a revision to the Republic of Austria’s “National Programme“. The Jean Monet Bridge will be the decisive instrument in the fight against people smugglers.
Fixed with concrete as well as double anchoring and zinc chains – all on behalf of the Republic of Austria. The Alpine Republic partially financed the first platform in the Mediterranean. The cost estimate for the project, a proof of coldheartedness for future historians: 1,000 rescue platforms built to stop the drowning in the Mediterranean would have cost 20 million euros incl. VAT. The duration of production for all platforms would be 16 weeks starting from the award of contract.
But mankind cannot wait until the bridge’s completion: the Mediterranean is a mass grave. Every year, thousands of refugees drown in the killing fields at Europe’s external borders. According to Jean Ziegler, the death toll is at 36,000- more casualties per year than the total number of people who died at the Iron Curtain during the entire duration of the Cold War.
In order to fight this silent dying efficiently, we will install 1,000 rescue platforms: 1,000 navigation lights as an international commitment to humanity and a monumental symbol of the 21st century. So far, every civilisation has left a mark of magnanimity and generosity on history.
The rescue platforms are equipped with: flags (height of flag pole: 10 m), navigation lights, food reserves, emergency call devices, photovoltaic modules, a flag pole, life buoys, cameras, radar reflectors for detection (navigation), anchors and an access ladder. Maximum weight: 12t.
How far can one single person swim? We asked German world swimming champion Thomas Lurz how far someone who is well trained can swim in stormy weather. According to Lurz: “Without anything to drink, no more than 20 kilometres!“
“The EU welcomes people who underwent an arduous journey seeking refuge across the sea, not with a statue of liberty but with patrol boats, coast guards and reception centres for illegal migrants."
“Even fighter jets won’t manage to catch up with our hearts. There is, so it seems, a human standard that we cannot alter but only lose.“
In order to bring humanity to the sea, the first rescue platform “Aylan 1“ (6 x 6m) was loaded onto a ship in the harbour of Licata / Sicily and installed in international waters on 4 October 2015. On board: satellite emergency call devices, direction-finding radio transmitters, radar reflectors, a flag pole, navigation lights, life buoys, a box with a steel insert and solar modules for power generation.
“Does Europe have to be saved by art if politicians fail to do so? A blue plastic island in the Mediterranean turns into a memorial. And Austria’s red-white-red flag is proudly floating in the wind. All those things the artists suddenly have to deal with: Sea conditions and wind force. Emergency numbers and international maritime law. Can such a platform be installed in the Mediterranean? Apparently yes, as long as it is equipped with navigation lights.“
“We are almost compelled to accept this work of fiction and ask: why not, actually? The CPB takes this realisation very seriously: What has once become reality in the media does not simply disappear.“
“The background music is dramatic. The pictures are ostentatious. We are floating like angels along a stone bridge across the sea. Those who are familiar with the CPB know that these are fake statements and quotes and that the artists will deny this claim up until someone threatens them with legal action.“
“It reads like a modern fairy tale: The Republic of Austria builds a gigantic bridge from North Africa to Europe in order to end the pointless dying in the Mediterranean."
“The artist play with that which is imaginable and that which is doable. They remind decision-makers in business to turn their words into action.“
“Through a fortunate combination of agitation techniques, media competence, idealism and meticulous planning, the CPB designs possible – desirable – political futures. In doing so, it demonstrates what art is ideally able to achieve: to open up room for opportunities that serves as a refuge of the mind in our gloomy (political) everyday life.“
“The rescue platforms were not built by great industrial nations- but by Berlin-based performance artists of the Center for Political Beauty.“
“The Center for Political Beauty has planned its intervention meticulously and came up with a fake mega project that is unparalleled in Europe.“
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