The state of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, invited artists from the around the world to create a German tradition for its national holiday - the Day of German Unity. The three best ideas received a trip to the Day of German Unity 2017, in addition to €5,000, €3,000, and €2,000 for first, second, and third place! Inspired to create a tradition that Germany can finally claim as their own like other countries have, artists submitted over 230 unique ideas to celebrate the holiday. We got a chance to get to know Sebastian Knoll-Jung, the second place Selected Artist for this Creative Invite. Learn more about Sebastian and his idea in our exclusive interview with him below.


TH: Can you tell us a bit about yourself? What do you do?
FJ: Actually I am a historian working on my PhD with 1000 other ideas in my mind. I would not call myself an artist, but I like it express my creativity over the tight borders of my profession especially when the topics are close to my heart.

TH: How did you come up with your concept for “Hinaus! – Wandern zu Orten der Freiheit, Demokratie + Einheit”?
FJ: We live in a city that is dominated by the view of an old castle, the Hambach Castle, on which in 1832 a big freedom and unity celebration took place. The current German flag was used there the first time. It was obvious to use this subject for my project. There is a famous painting of the march to this celebration, which has often been copied and modified.  

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TH: Can you tell us a bit about your experience at the German Unity Day Festival?
FJ: Except of the weather, it was two great days for my family and me. The Festival offered such a big variety of exhibitors and they were much more interesting than I expected. There were also a lot of possibilities to participate for my six year old twins.

TH: What was your favorite part of the festival?
FJ: A special moment was the reception of the price through the prime minister of Rhineland-Palatinate, Malu Dreyer, at the opening ceremony of the festival. My kids loved the many balloons they collected in the different stations.



TH: Do you have any projects you are currently working on, or planning on doing?
FJ: My most important project is to finish my doctoral thesis. Maybe there will be some time for some additional smaller projects.

TH: If you could have an hour to talk with anyone from the past, who would that be?
FJ: Rather to speak with one particular person, I would like to experience a historical event for one hour. Depending on my mood, this could be the Woodstock Festival or the Storming of the Bastille. 

TH: Favorite artist of all time?
FJ: I am a huge fan of the work of the Ecuadorian painter, Oswaldo Guayasamín.


Learn more about Sebastian on Talenthouse.