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A Bus for Europe, 1984
While at Goldsmiths Maik was commissioned to design a bus for the European Commission, which went on to tour the UK promoting the work of the European Union. Maik named the project A Bus for Europe, a reference to the homogenized music being produced for the Eurovision Song Contest, then known as A Song for Europe. The work was a theoretical piece that used the colors of the flags of the then 10 member states in proportion to their size within the EU as determined by their area, their population and their GDP. These colors were mixed to produce a bland brownish-grey which was used as a grid within which the actual colors (again in the same proportions) were splattered. The grid represented the reconstruction of Europe after the Second World War but was also a comment on the vibrancy of the individual states constrained within the rules and regulations coming from Brussels.