This work was made over a two-year period. It originated in the meeting of high school students for the Parliament of Young Europeans in La Rochelle in March 2002. Denise Sabourin asked the students to write in their hands what the term ’Europe’ meant to them.
All of these words were transferred to squares of surgical gauze, forming a 2 x 2 meter fabric work that was modelled by a young girl from La Rochelle.
In April 2003, during an exhibition of works by Denise Sabourin at the City Hall in Koszalin, Poland, the 2 x 2 m gauze was modelled by a Polish girl who was draped with the Polish flag. This work was presented to the city of Koszalin to celebrate Poland’s entry into the European Union. It now hangs in the Koszalin museum.
The final work describing this event was embroidered by the Jamain Professional High School in Rochefort-sur-Mer in 2004.