Frequently asked questions
Why do you want to create such a sculpture?
Protest is very important, but every action comes to an end. As art and culture professionals we see our task as setting a lasting message by using art as a mouthpiece to communicate grievances and emotions. We communicate our commitment through our own language, which is our contribution to climate protection.
When and where will the sculpture be placed?
The sculpture is to be accessible in the Berlin government district as a permanent public monument. Our preferred spot is the vacant green area in front of the ‚Tipi am Kanzleramt’, in the rectangle between Scheidemannstraße, Große Querallee, Heinrich-von-Gagern-Straße und Paul-Löbe-Allee.
Address: Heinrich-von-Gagern-Straße, 10557 Berlin
As such applications require a lot of lead time, we haven’t yet received final confirmation, but we are confident that we will find a worthy and accessible spot in the government district. The scheduled launch date is April 22, 2020, which is the official Earth Day - an important day that fits perfectly with the revelation.
What material do you use to build the sculpture?
As we are very keen to set an example, not only symbolic of climate change and in honor of the worldwide FFF movement, we are very careful to use sustainable material and find new solutions in the construction sector.
We work closely with sustainable construction companies, specializing in low emission production of recycled stainless steel, who have a particular concern for designing with a cleaner planet in mind.
Since stainless steel flows back into the processing cycle completely without any loss of quality, we have decided in favor of this material. As we want this monument to last forever, we need durability. In addition, we also want to address an important issue with the choice of stainless steel, the reduction of industrial CO2 emissions and giving companies the opportunity to redesign new goals.
The sculpture is made of 100% recycled stainless steel, which was made CO2 neutral.
For the sculpture base natural stone from the region will be used. Natural stone is particularly sustainable, as it does not use any artificial energy during production and does not have to be flown around half the globe. It also contains no harmful substances, is 100% recyclable and lasts forever.
How do you get the financial resources to build the sculpture?
To enable this ambitious project, we have chosen several channels.
After having intensively dealt with funding opportunities in the cultural field with our partner Warriors e.V. of the Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte, we decided on a crowdfunding campaign on www.betterplace.org.
Our intention is to raise global attention for the project and thus enable many people to support it. Donations of construction materials for the sculpture are accepted after careful consideration of the sustainability and social justice of the companies.
Which partners does Hands for Future work with?
Together we stand stronger, so our team has partnered up with allies.
In the area of planning and financing, we work closely with Warriors e.V. of the Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte. The Federal Association for Sustainability (Bundesvereinigung für Nachhaltigkeit) supports the project at events and supports us in gaining reach.
Fridays for Future (FFF) is our most important partner. We are in close contact and we provide news and information about the project to the movement. As we want to reach all countries worldwide, we have also contacted many FFF organizations worldwide, as well as schools and sustainable organizations working with children.
Who can immortalize themselves in the sculpture?
The adults have failed to leave a clean planet for the next generation.
Now young folks are standing before a nature destroyed and other threatening problems. Only children have the right to perpetuate themselves in the sculpture.
They are the ones who hold the mirror up to adults and fight for a clean planet.
What happens after the sculpture has been placed?
Due to the lack of space, not all hands collected will be part of the sculpture. We will most likely have collected too many. However we still want to give everyone the opportunity to be appreciated. Therefore, our aim is to exhibit the original handprints in the form of an art installation and as a touring exhibition in museums around the world. In addition, we want to build a miniature sculpture on each continent that supports and honors the FFF movement.