Heidi was here

50 x 180 x 3 mm.

A brass plaque with black engraving: Heidi was here.

The inscription, Heidi was here, is a rewriting of the American phrase ”Kilroy was here”, which features a couple of eyes and a long nose, who’s peeping up above a wall. Reputedly, the phrase occurred for the first time in the American army during the Second World War and suddenly, the phrase turned up in public spaces all over Europe, including Berlin. The phrase is now being brought back to its origins in America; however in another format and with a German name, Heidi.

A permanent installation for the outside area of Pool Art Center Gallery at Drury University, Springfield, Missouri, 2009. The plaque was installed as part of the exhibition: Berlin, poor but sexy, curated by Sarrita Hunn.