Every year in the first weekend of September is a memorial walk in Oosterbeek (near Arnhem), because of the WW2, Battle of Arnhem-Operation Market Garden. This walk is the biggest 1 day hike in the world, with 30.000 participants. The last 8 years foundation Scarabee invited artists to make an art object which is interactive with the people who join this memorial walk. Nowadays the walk is not only a memorial walk, but also a walk about today’s freedom.
Our project’ Post Pigeon, write a card for the freedom’ (Postduif, Schrijf een kaart voor de vrijheid) was choosen to be showed on the 10 km hike. Our main concept was to let the hikers think about today’s freedom. Because of the ‘short’ hike, a lot of families and children participated in this hike.
The hikers could participate in our art project by writing/drawing a card for different types of people:
-Children is war zones (we worked together with War Child)
-Old veterans who were part of the Battle of Arnhem (Operation Market Garden)
-To somebody you know and could need a personal card
We build a 2,30 m colorful post pigeon for the forest and the hikers could post their letter in his post bag. Around the post pigeon we placed a couple of tables where the hikers could write/draw their card and they could post this immediately in the special designed post bags. Our team were all dressed up as special post helpers (with purple and mint green capes) and there was also a real forest post office where the hikers could buy a stamp for their personal card.