Paper can do a great deal.
It can wrap around goods just as well as gifts. Ever since it was invented, paper has been a material from which and on which art is created: paintings, literature, sculptures, and even music can be produced with paper. And it carries information – across distances and generations. Paper connects and fires the imagination.
The local Municipal Museum in the town of Eisenhüttenstadt currently features an entire paper wonderland. From the “Fairy Grotto” with “Radiant Brightness” to “Chaos”, and “Miss Paper” and “Shaggy Dog Waldi” also made their well-deserved appearance: These imaginative names show how versatile the possibilities are for creating things with paper. They adorn the works of art that the young participants in the “People & Paper” project presented in a magnificent exhibition to mark its culmination. It was a very special event.
We at Progroup know how fascinating paper is as a material to work with. But only rarely does the opportunity present itself to convey this fascination to the outside world as well. This is why to mark our 25th anniversary in 2017 we asked for donations rather than gifts. We were able to use the money that was pledged to initiate four projects at four Progroup sites. In Eisenhüttenstadt, we were very fortunate that our support not only allowed us to do good but, as a particular highlight, also enabled us to convey our fascination with paper. This is because with “People & Paper” we came across the great project to send young people from Eisenhüttenstadt and the surrounding area on an “incredible journey of discovery” exploring all aspects of paper. This was how it was described at the opening of the large final exhibition on 29 January 2019 by the project manager Brita Bärwolf, Chairwoman of Wi-Wa-Wunderland e.V., adding: “The best way to learn is always to do things yourself.”