In September 2015, CBS News Facebook page ran a short, 36second long video, shot at night. The video shows refugees who have just arrived by sea to the Greek island of Kos. One of them suddenly spies his young son and daughter, having lost eye contact with them in the darkness and mayhem of the voyage. Fervently hugging and kissing the two, the man tells them time and again, sobbing: »My dear ones, we’ve made it, we’ve made it to Europe.«
Watching this scene, artist Alona Harpaz knew she couldn’t just let it lie there. A cofounder of the gallery and cultural centre CIRCLE1 in Kreuzberg, Harpaz started to toy with the idea, eventually deciding to create a 3D neon piece that renders the phrase »My darling we have reached Europe« in bright, blinkering pink.