Glass, 822 x 255 cm
The question of how big the main restaurant of the academy actually is can be answered in different ways. In 2001, the academy creatively solved the problem of how the restaurant could be easily divided into two areas of different sizes, depending on the number or composition of the guests - using a mobile glass wall specially made for it. Of course artistically designed, and with European reference. By moving this wall, the Lorraine restaurant is created as a smaller room for the guests, separated from the main restaurant. The design was done by Thierry Boissel, the work was carried out by "Gustav van Treeck - Bayerische Hofglasmalerei" from Munich.
"It is close to my heart to create a work that cannot be used at will. Rather, the art should make sense primarily at its destination," says Thierry Boissel. The glass wall in the restaurant immediately makes it clear what he means by this. It symbolises literature, music, the fine arts and architecture in a European context. The literature is rhythmically represented by horizontal lines of light. The lines represent the word length of the Ode to Joy (= "European anthem"). The dots integrated in the text stand for the most important cities in Europe. The notes are taken from the prelude to the "Ode to Joy"". For the visual arts, the sketchbooks of Leonardo da Vinci served as a model. A graphic representation of the bridge between Honfleur and Le Havre in Normandy represents the architecture. It is a symbol of the friendship between France and Germany, of understanding, dialogue and cooperation between peoples, which are also always promoted by the academy.
Thierry Boissel (*1962 in Saint-Valéry-en-Caux, France) studied wall design and stained glass. Since 1991 he has been head of the Study & Experimental Workshop for Stained Glass, Light & Mosaics at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, where he works as a committed, knowledgeable and popular teacher. Through commissions, awards, exhibitions and competitions he gained profile as an unconventional and developable artist of the younger generation. His work moves in a traditional line of modernism, which leads from 'Arts and Crafts' via Bauhaus to contemporary tasks of 'Kunst am Bau', where he finds fresh and elegant results, especially with complex specifications. (quoted from "Contemporary Stained Glass - On Works by Thierry Boissel", Prof. Thomas Zacharias, Munich, 1996).