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Hungary, Budapest, Városház Square, April 2010

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On Városház Square Ardvanderlinden painted 1400 Hungarian flags on cardboard (about 300 m2) with the people of Budapest and foreigners. The red of the flag symbolizes strength, white represents faithfulness and green is symbolice of hope. Young (and maybe better English speaking) Hungarians reacted possitive and wanted more attention for the message 'unity through identity'. Older Hungarian people are more reserved, saying unity is an utopia. Young people believe in a world without borders. Ardvanderlinden thinks we should collaborate to reach unity; there are no reasons for distrust and suspicion. We are one humanity on one world!

Best quote of the day: "it is not an art work, it is hope."
Another quote: "Hungarians are not that proud of their flag because we have not won a war in 500 years". Ardvanderlinden thinks opposite: this is a reason to be proud. Wars are a waste of energy and are an insult to humanity.

Szarka Tamás, member of the legendary Ghymes band, wrote in Hungarian for our project:

A régi út

Az identitás az otthon - annyi idegen gondolattal küszködõ önmagunkban. Kisebbíti a fájdalmat, növeli az örömöt. Segít élni és élni hagyni.

A világ már széthasította a tudatunkat. Azt súgja, nem kellenek szabályok s közben ezer szabályba önt. Az ösztönös humánum, az identitás az elsõ ajtó a szeretet felé, ez az ember régi útja. Ha járunk rajta, együtt maradunk.

Ardvanderlinden keeps on questioning countries, borders and identity.

Man with Hungarian flagStarting upChild painting flag Painting Hungarian flagsPainting Budapest 2010Field of Hungarian flags
Ardvanderlinden bookGirl painting Hungarian flagMother, child & dogVaroshaz squareShowing Hungarian flagBudapest flag painting
Varoshaz square BudapestField of Hungarian flagsOverview BudapestRoel painting flags BudapestHungarian artRoel posting Hungarian flags
Small Hungarian flag

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Awesome to see all the projects together, I like the written piece of mr.Tamas.
By: Bjert on: 2010-04-25

Een utopie, geen oorlog, geen grenzen, allen gelijk, allen... Altijd weer als ik jullie foto's welliswaar op afstand, bewonder en de reacties lees van de mensen met de inzet van jullie.. bezorgd kippenvel. Dank jullie wel! Ga door met het prachtige werk en laat de eenheid van allen schijnen zonder de grens die onze wereld versluierd. Liefs, Willemijn
By: Willemijn on: 2010-04-21

lovely! Thanks for painting.
By: eszter on: 2010-04-21

it was nice to meet you. I like your work; borders should disappear.
By: Jozef on: 2010-04-18