With stuffed animals and book of condolence

With stuffed animals and book of condolence

The artist Hermann-Josef Hack invites people to apologize for their climate-damaging behavior to their own descendants. He talked about his art action "Sorry, 2050" on this site.

"Climate catastrophe, what does it have to do with me"?" Very much so, says artist Hermann Josef Hack, confronting people on Europaplatz in Siegburg with a cast-iron construction fence decorated with stuffed animals, rompers, flowers and a book of condolence. Every passerby can apologize to their descendants for their climate-damaging behavior by, for example, making an entry in the book of condolence or with flowers, toys and the like. "Because the victims of the impending climate catastrophe are not just any strangers, but the children and grandchildren we have on our laps right now, whom we want to protect, whom we love."

200 million climate refugees

The background to Hermann Josef Hack's art action is the United Nations' climate forecasts, which ame a climate catastrophe in 2050. Because water will become scarce, wars will most likely be fought over water. Expected rising water levels will deprive people of their livelihoods. The consequence, as the United Nations calculates, is that by 2050 there will be nearly 200 million climate refugees on the move worldwide. Religious conflicts also continued to flare up. "We are releasing our children and grandchildren into this scenario as if we don't care," the artist laments.

Hope through action

Hack welcomes the Vatican's climate initiative, but says it's not enough to rely on institutions, politicians or the economy. Each individual should not only think about alternative models, but also try them out. It is important, he said, to join forces with people who have already done it. "I'm convinced there's still a lot to do. I have never given up hope. But a lot still has to happen. And for this we need everyone," he said.

Art action touches

The response to the art action "2Sorry, 2050" in Siegburg is touching. In the book of condolence, for example, a single mother apologizes to her children: "Please forgive me that I may have achieved very little, I had to work a lot as a single mother. I am sorry that it happened this way. Even if I educated you environmentally conscious, it was unfortunately too little."

Hermann Josef Hack's art action draws on the tradition of spontaneously erecting a memorial with flowers, candles or toys in places where an accident, massacre or great loss has occurred to express sympathy. With his memorial "Sorry, 2050", however, people are to commemorate a catastrophe that can still be averted through joint action.

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