The young slackliners of One Inch Dreams caught the attention of the German Embassy back in 2013 and were encouraged to submit a proposal for the Deutschlandjahr 2018/19, hosted in the United States. Now a small creative agency, One Inch Dreams was struck with the idea to combine their tested skills at slacklining with a spectacular and symbolic stunt. By stringing a slackline between two hot air balloons, representing Germany and the United States, the group wanted to produce a movable balancing act between two nations.
“These nations are separate but connected by a thin line; it is with this idea that #buildingbridges was born,” recalls director, Johannes Olszewski. Balancing across this thin line is a challenge but rewarding as Olszewski further explains, “We saw the slackline as a bridge. The bridge is very high and very narrow and dangerous to walk across. However, the person who dares to walk across it does not fall; he succeeds and is able to make the connection. This bridge is symbolic and, in many ways, represents the current political relationship between Germany and America.”