The 20th century’s transportation modes are proven wrong because of climate change, scarcity of public space and resources and social gaps. We need new ways, in the truest sense of the word.
The time of motorized individual traffic is over.
metropa is an art and peace project that shows Europe as an entity on multiple layers; its clear and simple imagery anticipates the idea of a paneuropean metro network system that interconnects all its citizens and visitors, and turns them into admirers.
metropa operates in a future where all ecological, economical, technical and political questions are answered and transformed into a viable comprehension of what could be the United States of Europe sometimes.
תל אביב-יפו/Tel Aviv
Вели́кий Но́вгород/Weliki Nowgorod
Together in one network.
(Soon available on your continent)
We are working on metropa for 10 years now. We took slow and small steps, historically walking over Financial Crisis, Arab Spring, the War in Syria, Refugee Crisis, the rise of right wing populism. We printed posters and postcards as giveaway presents, then switched to offline-sale in two or three shops in Vienna. Still giving it to «multiplicators», politicians, culture officials, etc.
But what happened in late December 2019, we couldn't guess. In a chain of events, metropa suddenly reached a huge crowd of online people, sharing it, liking it, and discussing it.
It all began with writer Robert Menasse… (please ask if you want to know the whole story)
Through an unknown linkedIn-post, metropa arrived on numerous social-media pages and went viral.
3500 views, hundreds of comments.
Vienna's vice-mayor Birgit Hebein posted on facebook on Dec, 12
4000 views, 950 likes, 360 shares, 160 comments
some days later, another friend sent us a PM saying that metropa «is now reddit-famous»:
1000 comments, 11k views, millions of ideas.
on twitter, metropa has already been widely discussed through Ulrike Guérots post since October 16th, 2018.
In Summer 2019, she also asked us to use the metropa-picture for her new book, "What is the Nation?" ("Was ist die Nation?, Steidl Verlag, Göttingen, 2019).