The Denkmal fair inspires me to think about what could be done with the village. Mutzschen has a small village market which has a view of the church, a few interesting buildings, and mostly flat store-front type buildings, some of which have been converted to private residences all the way to the ground floor. Most of the buildings are still GDR brown. I think about what would make someone know something cool is about to happen in this town? How can I wake up the townspeople and get them interested in MotoSoul. More importantly, how can I find out if the people will support it and be in favor?
My sense is that the town relies on the Schloss for life, and since the Schloss has been empty, with the gates locked for over 10 years, the lights of the town are dim. I realize that bringing motorbikes, at times hundreds or maybe even thousands, to this little village will change it. I also recognize that the village is dying. It needs a purpose. I have already discussed this with Carsten Graf and Matthias Berger, so I feel like it is time to open the floodgates to ideas.
My first idea is to hold a Town Hall or Fireside Chat. Bring the townspeople to the Schloss and ask them for their opinions. Tell them about what I want to do and see what they say. Of course I cannot do this until I have some type of agreement for the property, but I like this idea.
My next thought is, send a signal. Paint the town! Thomas and I kick around ideas that include hiring Czech laborers, having a weekend painting party, paying for the paint if people come together to do the work, and many more. I google pictures and find this image of painted doors. AHA! What if people simply painted their doors a bright and cheery color? It would change the mood and feel of the town instantly! It would also show progress towards a goal. How can I do this???
I then find an even funnier one showing some brightly colored beach houses. I send it to Thomas and he says “Why Not?”
This is one of our favorite things to talk about. Life should be lived saying “why not” instead of “yes but.”
Many will say “Yes But” about the painting project, but I will continue to say “Why Not.” Perhaps we will need Denkmal to give us approval on colors, better yet, what if we let Denkmal choose the color palette! They probably have more knowledge about what colors go together than anyone.
We can blast music from the Market that is all about Painting the Town. How many songs are there that include this – now that’s a good thing to give a little Google to!