Germany’s largest black hole is being built on Ulm’s Münsterplatz square

16. March 2022

Albert Einstein was born in Ulm on 14 March 1879. 143 years later, he emerged as a 3D illusion from a black hole that was installed in the middle of Ulm’s Münsterplatz to mark the occasion. With this action, the Albert Einstein Discovery Center Ulm e.V. wants to publicise its plan to build an experience and discovery museum in Einstein’s birthplace, in which his life and work in connection with the history of Ulm, his theories and the consequences for technology as well as the implementation of technical phenomena in experimental stations will be shown.

Albert Einstein’s ‘General Theory of Relativity’, which postulates an interaction between matter and space-time, predicted the existence of black holes in our universe. In 2022, the Nobel Prize was finally awarded for the discovery of a black hole in our galaxy. What could be more fitting than to celebrate Albert Einstein’s birthday with an installation of a black hole directly on Ulm’s Münsterplatz,” says Dr Nancy Hecker-Denschlag, chairwoman of the Albert Einstein Discovery Center Ulm e.V., explaining the idea for this campaign. The black hole will cover an area of 15 by 5 metres. If you look at the installation from the right angle, Albert Einstein will rise from the centre of the black hole in a three-dimensional, three-dimensional form.

The Black Hole couldbe seen on 14 March on Ulm’s Münsterplatz from 10 am to 2 pm. At 12:30 p.m. there was an opportunity for photos with those involved. The birthday installation will be accompanied by further activities of the association. For example, participants in a selfie contest on Instagram, in which the most beautiful selfies with the three-dimensional Einstein are to be posted, were entered into a draw for 30 “Albert once an Ulm man” T-shirts and an original stone from Albert Einstein’s birthplace. Members of the association were also available to answer questions and tell visitors how they can get their hands on one of the original stones from Albert Einstein’s birthplace.

The 3D installation was designed and implemented by the burkert ideenreich agency, the company of board member Jens Burkert. “We originally had the idea of having the whole thing realised by a street artist. But this failed not least because of the costs. But now we can make a dent in Münsterplatz without leaving any traces. And we also have what is presumably the very first mobile black hole in Germany or even the whole world,” says Burkert.

Albert Einstein was born in Ulm on 14 March 1879. The city commemorates Albert Einstein again and again in various and diverse ways. However, Ulm, as Einstein’s birthplace, has so far lacked a public institution that pays appropriate tribute to the best-known physicist of all time and the city’s most famous son. The “Albert Einstein Discovery Center Ulm e.V.” wants to change this. The association was founded in September 2016 by citizens from Ulm and the surrounding area. In addition to Dr Nancy Hecker-Denschlag as the first chairperson, Jens Burkert and Ditte Endriß are also on the board. The association has set itself the goal of creating a public institution that makes Einstein’s significance for science and technology, but also for pacifism, humanism and international understanding in everyday life, tangible for citizens in the form of a world of experience. The project envisages a facility that presents a comprehensive, modern, interactive and multimedia showcase. The life and work of Albert Einstein in connection with the history of Ulm, Einstein’s theories in current technology, the implementation of technical phenomena in experiment stations in the Science Centre as well as Einstein’s humanity in all its facets are to be made tangible in exhibitions, workshops, lectures and worlds of experience.

Albert Einstein Discovery Center Ulm e.V.