The contest for the best EUROPA stamp has been an annual online event since 2002. The results of the competition are announced during the plenary assembly of PostEurop.
All official stamps can participate in the competition. Each year a general theme is chosen by PostEurop. The theme for 2012 was "Visit...".
The participants choose their own design for their postage stamp. The design had to match the overall theme. Internet users decide the winner with an online vote.
The Europa stamps, created for 2012 by the artist Linda Bos, trace the three pillars of cultural tourism: cultural heritage, contemporary art, and design.
The artist designed the two stamps in such a way as to give the impression of a single image. On the left-hand side we see the Monument of Remembrance ‘Gëlle Fra' and, on the right, the internationally renowned contemporary architecture of the watertower of Leudelange.
The two monuments are synonymous with the development of architecture in Luxembourg. Contemporary architecture can be seen as the index of creativity of the entire population. This awareness strongly influenced Linda Bos in the creative design of these two stamps.
She chose buildings which are valued by international critics and the national avant-garde scene alike. The Mudam, the Philharmonie and the Centre des Arts Pluriels d'Ettelbrück (Cape) show culture and architecture hand-in-hand. Only architecture gives industry a clear profile.
The architecture of bank buildings and the buildings which house European institutions become symbols of a landscape and an activity. Industry can also become a work of art in a public space, as shown by the watertower of Leudelange.
People who like historic and contemporary architecture will find information on the two stamps on how to learn more about Luxembourg.
Linda Bos was born on 7 January 1982, in the Netherlands. She received her diploma from the Design Academy of Eindhoven in 2005. Having arrived in Luxembourg for personal reasons, she worked in a graphic design studio for 4 years.
In 2010, she set up her own business under the name of PRETTY FOREST design + illustration. She has always enjoyed drawing sketches by hand, even though she knows that she will transpose her final work into a digital format.
To this day, she begins every illustration with pencil and paper. Her style of work is considered to be graphical, optimistic and full of colour.
|Drawing:||Linda Bos (L)|
|Printing:||Offset lithography by Cartor Security Print S.A., La Loupe (F)|
|Format:||34 x 34 mm, 10 stamps per sheet.|