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Open Space Advent Calendar

Explorer, Facilitator, Landscape Architect

1.Dec - Klaus Preez (Marion's Dad), Greifswald, Germany  “This is the original star hanging in my workshop. This star was the template for the other 23 stars within the advent calendar. I’m curious to see, where those ‘star children’ will hang and who they will delight during advent.”

1.Dec - Klaus Preez (Marion's Dad), Greifswald, Germany “This is the original star hanging in my workshop. This star was the template for the other 23 stars within the advent calendar. I’m curious to see, where those ‘star children’ will hang and who they will delight during advent.”

2.Dec - NADFLY, Glasgow “We only see the stars once they are gone.”

2.Dec - NADFLY, Glasgow “We only see the stars once they are gone.”

3. Dec - Emma Chisholm, Inverness “I hung my star on the wibbly-wobbly bridge in Inverness in view of the castle.  When I was a little girl and we came down to Inverness from Tain I’d always ask my dad to jump on it to make it bounce even more than normal. There are always lots of tourists going over this bridge taking photos of the river and the castle. I thought it would be a good place to put it here so that it would be seen by many and hopefully make them smile.”

3. Dec - Emma Chisholm, Inverness “I hung my star on the wibbly-wobbly bridge in Inverness in view of the castle. When I was a little girl and we came down to Inverness from Tain I’d always ask my dad to jump on it to make it bounce even more than normal. There are always lots of tourists going over this bridge taking photos of the river and the castle. I thought it would be a good place to put it here so that it would be seen by many and hopefully make them smile.”

4. Dec - Longstone After School Club, Edinburgh

4. Dec - Longstone After School Club, Edinburgh "The star of life"

5.Dec - Mark Owen, powarchitects, London

5.Dec - Mark Owen, powarchitects, London "I placed it in the churchyard of St Marks Church Kennington. The space is a little green oasis amongst the busy and noisy London roads, pedestrians use it as a short cut to their work, passing through it and never really looking at what is there. I like the xmas trees being sold there, temporarily and thought the star should have a temporary home there too. I hope it went to a good home, along with the tree"

6. Dec - Susanne Widner, Beeskow, Germany

6. Dec - Susanne Widner, Beeskow, Germany "My daughter, Ida, painted this star as a rainbow. I decided to hang it at her nursery, as our children are the stars of our hearts and the rainbow represents their colourfulness. While taking the photo the star danced as wild as children do. The nursery is a special place for our children, as they get looked after with love, care and a feeling of security."

7.Dec - Richard Smith, Saline, Fife

7.Dec - Richard Smith, Saline, Fife "The star is placed in my street against a tree cotoneaster, undecorated. To show the simplicity and un-adornment of life against the beauty and permanence of nature."

8.Dec – Jaimie Henthorn, Denver, Colorado, USA  “The temperature is currently -17 C here. The (reflective) star dangles from the rooftop of our 9-storey building so as to take the photograph from the warmth of our flat. The sky is a public place, yes?”

8.Dec – Jaimie Henthorn, Denver, Colorado, USA “The temperature is currently -17 C here. The (reflective) star dangles from the rooftop of our 9-storey building so as to take the photograph from the warmth of our flat. The sky is a public place, yes?”

9. Dec – Lesley Palmer & Nicole Callaghan, INCH; Nelson Mandela Place, Glasgow “IN MEMORY OF NELSON MANDELA – AN ICON OF FREEDOM”

9. Dec – Lesley Palmer & Nicole Callaghan, INCH; Nelson Mandela Place, Glasgow “IN MEMORY OF NELSON MANDELA – AN ICON OF FREEDOM”

10.Dec – Silke Block, Basel, Switzerland  “I hung the star on one of the old chestnut trees surrounding my local park for purely egoistic reasons. It’s so pretty that I wd rather have kept it at home. Instead in my local park I hopefully can see it whilst jogging. It will give me motivation to go for a few runs next week, to check whether it’s still there. It also fit’s nicely with the new temporary art installations in the park by Keith Haring (left) and Bernard Luginbuehl (right).”

10.Dec – Silke Block, Basel, Switzerland “I hung the star on one of the old chestnut trees surrounding my local park for purely egoistic reasons. It’s so pretty that I wd rather have kept it at home. Instead in my local park I hopefully can see it whilst jogging. It will give me motivation to go for a few runs next week, to check whether it’s still there. It also fit’s nicely with the new temporary art installations in the park by Keith Haring (left) and Bernard Luginbuehl (right).”

10. Dec - Jasna Memic & Ines Triebel, Glasgow

10. Dec - Jasna Memic & Ines Triebel, Glasgow "Today's star is shining in the North Kelvin Meadow. The Meadow is a community land in the heart of Glasgow and it gives hope that there is goodness in the world and that not everyone is driven by profit. Back in 2008, Glasgow City Council decided to sell off this land for housing. Local residents responded to this proposal by starting a campaign to save this wild green space. Children's Wood was created to encourage kids to explore the land! The advent star will be a perfect decoration for this space that celebrates nature, freedom and passion of community spirit trying to preserve something very special!"

12. Dec – Carol Philip & Gordon Reed, Edinburgh  “Silently one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven, Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.” From ‘Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie’ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

12. Dec – Carol Philip & Gordon Reed, Edinburgh “Silently one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven, Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.” From ‘Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie’ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

13. Dec - Daniela Gachago, Cape Town, South Africa

13. Dec - Daniela Gachago, Cape Town, South Africa "This picture was taken on the day of the Memorial in the Cape Town stadium. Complimentary tickets were sold out in a couple of hours and now thousands are celebrating what Mandela stood for, with music, dancing, a few speeches. How ironic that this event turned out to be the one that people enjoyed, organised by the DA, as opposed to the official ANC led event in Johannesburg, overshadowed by the drama of booing out the president, a fake sign language interpreter or Obama taking selfies with Cameron and the Danish Prime Minister. I have a feeling Mandela would have also enjoyed the singing and dancing in Cape Town more than self-important gathering of 100s of international dignitaries. I hung my star on a tree in a parking lot of a coffee shop I love going to in Cape Town, with Table mountain in the background. But also a glimpse of a fence...the natural beauty and the walls that we build between us representing for me what Cape Town and maybe South Africa stands for...fencing us in or others out? protecting us from the 'other', the one that we don't trust, maybe even still fear...the beauty that is often unreachable because of this feeling of unsafety? Is this the country that Mandela would have imagined 20 years ago? I have problems joining into the ongoing celebrations, this momentary emotional release that lets us forget our differences for a couple of hours while we mourn and sing and dance together...but once the mourning, singing and dancing is done, we go back to our lives, lived behind gates and in the comfort zones of those who look and speak like us."

14. Dec – Lucy MacLeod, Langholm  “I decided to decorate the star with pencil and charcoal drawings of both of my daughters’ eyes. Both Maisie (aged 8) and Rose (aged 5) will be 90 miles away in Fife with their Dad on Christmas day this year and as I most enjoy Christmas vicariously through their excited eyes, by having this decorative reminder I like to think that a wee part of them will be here with me in Langholm. Myself and my girls hung the star on the 20ft tree at the far end of Langholm high street for the day and it miraculously clung on to it’s branch despite turbulent conditions! We then brought it indoors to hang (hopefully annually!) on our own christmas tree.”

14. Dec – Lucy MacLeod, Langholm “I decided to decorate the star with pencil and charcoal drawings of both of my daughters’ eyes. Both Maisie (aged 8) and Rose (aged 5) will be 90 miles away in Fife with their Dad on Christmas day this year and as I most enjoy Christmas vicariously through their excited eyes, by having this decorative reminder I like to think that a wee part of them will be here with me in Langholm. Myself and my girls hung the star on the 20ft tree at the far end of Langholm high street for the day and it miraculously clung on to it’s branch despite turbulent conditions! We then brought it indoors to hang (hopefully annually!) on our own christmas tree.”

15. Dec - Maite Posada-Curros Buendía & Pedro Sardiña, Vigo, Spain

15. Dec - Maite Posada-Curros Buendía & Pedro Sardiña, Vigo, Spain "Pedro painted the star with motives about himself and myself, his family name is Sardiña, sardine, so there is the reason for the fishbone and my shamanic animal is the owl, so there it is. I chose this part of the Vigo port, the yatch one, because I normally walk here with my dogs and they do enjoy running along the peer and playing with other furry friends. It is also something that I do with my new partner before he heads off to his workshop and I star(t) my daily yoga practice." Maite

16. Dec - Ingrid Gordon, Devilla Forest, Fife

16. Dec - Ingrid Gordon, Devilla Forest, Fife "I chose the woods, because I really love being out in nature and it's where it's most peaceful to see the beauty of life."

17. Dec – Dragos Ivanet, Piata Victoriei/Bucuresti | Victory Square/Bucharest, Romania  “A white star hangs in Victory Square, Bucharest as riot police try to control some 4000 people demonstrating against corruption and bad governance in Romania. International media has dubbed this 4 month long, weekly demonstration series The Romanian Autumn. No violent incidents have been reported since the beginning of the demonstrations back in September 2013, making this one of the longest non violent movements in Romanian history.”

17. Dec – Dragos Ivanet, Piata Victoriei/Bucuresti | Victory Square/Bucharest, Romania “A white star hangs in Victory Square, Bucharest as riot police try to control some 4000 people demonstrating against corruption and bad governance in Romania. International media has dubbed this 4 month long, weekly demonstration series The Romanian Autumn. No violent incidents have been reported since the beginning of the demonstrations back in September 2013, making this one of the longest non violent movements in Romanian history.”

17. Dec - Marco Klein. London

17. Dec - Marco Klein. London "The Holmewood School is a small school with 33 primary and secondary students in North London for students with autism and Asperger's. Mr Barbary, the art teacher, decorated the star with one of his classes and they decided to put it up in their classroom window as part of their nativity scene."

18. Dec - Hannah Brackston, Glasgow

18. Dec - Hannah Brackston, Glasgow "The star is decorated with a section of fabric brought back from India... a star from the east... It hangs in Garnet Hill Glasgow, in a quiet back street... quietly ...."

20. Dec - Carmel Rowlands, Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral, New Zealand

20. Dec - Carmel Rowlands, Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral, New Zealand "New future for Christchurch"

21. Dec – Anthony Schrag, Vancouver, Canada

21. Dec – Anthony Schrag, Vancouver, Canada "Star In the Snow"

22. Dec - Rebecca Verner, Boston, USA

22. Dec - Rebecca Verner, Boston, USA "The star was designed, hand painted and beaded by my talented daughter Lenore Ophelia. The images are taken in Boston, Massachusetts or "Beantown" as we lovingly refer to the city. In order of appearance, Boston Public Gardens, Massachusetts State House and Commonwealth Avenue all at the very heart of our city."

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24. Dec - Supertanker, Copenhagen, Denmark

24. Dec - Supertanker, Copenhagen, Denmark "We handed over this Christmas star to "Mændenes Hjem" - an open public place and shelter for people that do not have many other places to go. Also here we have found strong people full of love and dedication - even if circumstances of their life and society has been tough. Majbrit and Matchik decorated the star and together we attached it to the official neon sign on the facade of the building. Merry Christmas!"

Over the Advent period 24 participants have been invited to hang a star each in an open public space. Their stars will shine in public spaces around the world to let others enjoy something beautiful.