780.559 by Maarten Baas
In the Netherlands, Liberation Day is annually celebrated on 5 May, to mark the end of World War II. For 2012 the Liberation Day Committee Amsterdam has invited all inhabitants of the city to have a festive meal together and for the occasion Maarten Baas has designed a unique tablecloth 780.559,with the names of all of Amsterdam’s inhabitants. The number represents the number of inhabitants of Amsterdam, and therefore also the number of names on the tablecloth. Maarten Baas comments: “Every single person is part of the city. People of all nationalities live in Amsterdam. Together, with everybody’s background, they create the community. For me, this is what freedom is about.”The table cloth, almost sixty metres in length, was on show at VENTURA LAMBRATE in Milan last week and will be used for the large celebratory meal in Dam square on 5 May.