ContiTech is located in Hanover-Vahrenwald, which is also
one of its production sites. It is an old, five-storey factory,
a monster from times past. I am commissioned to paint murals
for the canteen. Mr Hauser is the cook at one of the canteens.
We agree on motifs that focus on the preparation and eating
of food. The communication department had specified that it
wanted pictures all around the factory that represented the
products of ContiTech and the international character of the
company. International cooking is the compromise. We have
a picture of Kazakhs who have just finished slaughtering sheep,
Uzbeks selling lemons, Mexicans and Sven Hedin sitting on
a picnic blanket and lighting a pipe on an expedition through
Inner Mongolia for the smoking room. Smoking is popular. Especially
among the kitchen staff in breaks. Alcohol, however, is strictly
forbidden and the pictures are not allowed to represent any
alcohol, says Mr Meyer. Mr Meyer is head of Human Resources.
He sees the pictures as windows that lead you to other thoughts
for moment. Just like the man with the lemons on the canteen
wall. What's he laughing about anyway, says Mr Meyer and I
The colleagues are very nice. You've got a job and that's
the main thing says one of them and pats me on the shoulder.