Plastic, monochrome, the letters of Hanover "installed", in the middle a "real" recess from the transverse "o" from Hannover, the "Agora", surrounded by fictional buildings, squares and areas: The cover of the artwork "Bid Book" is in its fragmentary topography a tribute to Kurt Schwitters' "Merzbau".
Designed by the artist and typographer Sebastian Peetz, the first application book of Hanover to become European Capital of Culture in 2025 is a unique piece of art. For the artist it's clear: "It's Pprhaps the most sustainable and crafty, but also the thickest and heaviest Bid Book in the history of the competition." The Hanoverian Bid Book weighs 5.8 kilograms including the perfect fit packaging, 2.3 kilograms without, is 7.5 centimeters thick, has 16 hand-glued images per copy and complies with all formal application requirements such as DIN-A4, 60 pages and answers to 38 questions. "We stuck true to every single requirement but tried to do this in the most creative way that was allowed" says Peetz.
This piece of art was developed in close cooperation with the author Juan S. Guse, content and design went hand in hand. Whether paper from recycled coffee-to-go cups, the counting of odd page numbers in all European national languages, headings that deconstruct according to NASA data about the global climate crisis and much more: The book is a massive appearance, but it's characterized by all the small details that went into it. Furthermore, "Agora of Europe" was made entirely locally by hand and with the support of many partners who were just as passionate to become European Capital of Culture as the bidding team itself.
The first contents of the Bid Book can be read here.
Get a closer look at the unique layout: