Blumenthal reminder for each application
The artistic bent is entering a digital world: from now on, a digital guide will offer places of commemoration of mining. A multimedia application on this subject has been set up by the city.
Presenting the hypothetical extension of the artistic bent, which preserves the traditions and culture of mining, the “Memorial Blumenthal” project comes to an end. It started in November 2020 with funding from the Ministry of the Interior, Construction, Municipal Affairs and Equality of North Rhine-Westphalia under the #heimatruhr program.
“The tradition of mining is deeply rooted in our urban community,” said Mayor Christoph Tisch. “I expressly welcome the fact that the new app gives Art of Mel a virtual companion with plenty of places to remember. I’m sure this will especially appeal to young citizens and encourage them to engage in this part of the story of our homeland in Recklinghausen. “
The alleged web application can be found under https://recklinghausen.kunstmeile.app It can be accessed from any device connected to the Internet. One advantage: citizens don’t even need to download it. Once the application is launched, you can take a virtual tour of the artistic mile’s mining memory sites. The director of the museum, Dr Talk. “Thanks to digital signage, we can now bring the younger generation closer to history below and above the earth, and also offer anyone who still knows the old way a new take on what is already familiar. . “
Augmented reality is also possible
The selected locations are marked with points that you can click. This provides information about the Blumenthal public mine and uses photographs and historical maps to show what the sites looked like at the time of mining. One of the more notable options is the “Augmented Reality” option in German: Augmented Reality: For example, a passerby in the locomotive shed could use a smartphone to operate a faithfully reproduced locomotive. The locomotive can be placed almost directly on the technical slope.
The project manager, Dr Joanna Bate Lohf. “The easy-to-use GPS control system shows future cyclists and pedestrians where they are and at the same time provides interesting information about the history of Recklinghausen there.”
In the art project Blumenthal Memory, the underpass on the artistic mile between Herner Strasse and Kurt Schumacher-Ale became a monument to the walls of the Blumenthal 1, 2 and 6 public mines with motifs from the history of mining – based on the original photographs provided by the Blumenthal General History Collection. This wall art is also now illustrated in the app.
Collaboration between minors and artists
The goal of government funding was to create a town in Recklinghausen. It worked. The cooperation between the former miners and the artists was active and exceeded expectations. The popularity of the work by many passers-by shows that participatory projects can be successful in public spaces.
It is clear that the correspondence for the reasons exists. Many citizens still remember the mine very well. The historic community feared that this particular memory of the Blumenthal mine would be preserved. The place now crosses a small piece of the great mining history that Recklinghausen has thus shaped. The app also offers fun opportunities to draw attention to this material culture.
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