Europa im Fluß - A European Project
The press conference for the introduction to the project took place in the Flößer- und Verkehrsmuseum (Museum of Rafting and Traffic) Gengenbach, which is located near Strassburg, the journey’s point of departure. In this area the Rhine constitutes the border between Germany and France. The raft was built in the equally close port of Rheinau-Freistett under the direction of Emil Hürmich-Welt, master rafter from Unterrodach. To be able to carry the additional weight of the stage and other technical superstructure with a total weight of 150 tonnes, the float itself had to be built just as solidly. The first layer of 1016 logs already weighed 760 tonnes (!). A further two layers were added to this …
The programme shown on the raft’s stage consisted of portrayals of selected chapters from the past 2000 years of the occident’s history. The music was provided by „Urban Sax“ from Paris: 70 saxophone players, singers, percussionists, dancers and a fire organ plus popular local artists.
The lighting and sound system we installed required, among other things, an appropriate power generator and 80 wireless microphone connections.
The idea to inspire people living by the Rhine - an important European waterway and border river connecting countries and separating them at the same time - to take up a dialogue unfortunately remained an idea. The raft saw only one performance and never reached Rotterdam. Organisational problems derailed an interesting project that had many fans. After about two months of construction time the stage was dismantled.
More information: The raft construction log. (In German)