Just like the greater region to which it belongs, Saarland is characterized by mining. The Celts already operated mines in Saarland about 2,000 years ago. However, mining experienced its greatest boom with the era of industrialization from 1850 onwards. The immense importance of mining for Saarland can be briefly described in two figures: In the first half of the 20th century, up to 60,000 people worked Saarland's coal mines. This figure does not include those who were employed in the steel industry and upstream and downstream companies. In 2008, there was only one active coal mine with 3,600 employees left; in 2012, the last mine in Saarland was closed. The legacy of this time still shapes our region today. Reason enough to approach it as well with artistic means.