New Update 1 January 2014
Description of the Global Stone Project
I have sailed around the world in Pegasus, a three-masted sailboat I built more than 30 years ago. It served as the main tool for the mission I have set myself to pursue. On every continent I look for two stones with unique characteristics in terms of material, form, and history, and each weighing approximately 30 tons. One of the two stones remains in its country of origin, while the other sister stone goes on a journey to Berlin, Germany, to the Tiergarten near the Brandenburger Gate, Parliament and the Holocaust Memorial. In summary, my project consists of the handling of ten stones, five to be placed in the countries representing each continent and the other five stones to be placed in Berlin.
All the stones are sculptured, polished and inscribed. The stones remaining on the five continents are positioned so that once a year, on the 21st of June, their surfaces reflect the light of the sun back to it. The light reflected from these stones travels in a frequency of 16 minutes around the world to meet their sister stones, at high noon in Berlin. There, between the five continental stones, the reflected sunlight draws five invisible straight lines. I expect the viewer to participate in the peace process by making a free decision to join these invisible lines using his active imagination, to create a circle as a symbol of united mankind. The pairs of stones from the continents represent the five steps towards Peace: (Europe) Awakening, (Africa) Hope, (Asia) Forgiveness, (America) Love, and Australia (Peace).
The stones themselves, their history, the sculpting, their reflective quality and their positioning are in a sense similar to hieroglyphs. Interpreting them, understanding their message intellectually, emotionally or intuitively is left entirely to the viewer. This is his or her contribution, which in turn has the potential to make this work a piece of art, a monument, and a symbol of global awareness and peace. The project is free of historical, political and ideological burdens as well as commercial interests. It is self-funded, with generous assistance from sponsors along my travels.
I am in charge of the entire project, starting with the preparation for the voyage, the research, the seeking out of the stones, their transportation, negotiations with public officials and sponsors. Moreover, I am compiling full documentation of this work, with photos and videos. I have gained considerable experience toward the organization of this task, as I have made three documentary films in the past, two of them for TV. Perseverance is my advantage, impatience is my weakness and unconditional love is my contribution to a better world.
Compact description of the project
The Global Stone Project consists of ten stones (Stone groups).
Five stones are placed in the five continents of origin.
The other five stones are placed in a circle in Berlin.
Once a year on the 21 st of June the light of the sun connects all ten stones by reflection.
The viewer is expected to participate in the process of global awareness towards peace by making a free decision to join the invisible five straight lines with his active imagination to creata a circle as a symbol of united mankind.
Click here to read the link about the chronology of the venezuelan stone`s conflict (in german language).
The Research from Prof. Dr. Bruno Illius.
A new research from Prof. Dr. Illius about the venezualen stone in Tiergarten Berlin has opened a new perspective to the conflict. He is an ethnologist specialised in PEMON. He has made the research of their history, customs and myth for over twenty years. He lived with them and last year (in Marz-April 2011) he was confronted with the conflict of the stone and made a research. Here are the links of his findings in three languages :
- in Deutsch
- and in Spanish
More information you will find in this Link
Asian Stones ( Forgiveness )
I had been in search of the stones to be included in the Global Stone Project, when I eventually decided to go to the Kingdom of Bhutan. Having received an invitation from the Royal Government, I took a plane from Berlin via Kathmandu to the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Protected by mountains, valleys and canyons the people of Bhutan have been able to preserve their Buddhism-stamped culture. Bhutan at the feet of the highest mountains in the world is a small Kingdom with democratic structures, there I wanted to find the stones which represent Asia and stand for forgiveness.
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The location of the Global Stone Project in Tiergarten, Berlin
You will find the location near the Loewengruppe (Lions Group) in Tiergarten. With the Brandenburger Gate behind you, follow the Ahornsteig for about 300m. Or Potsdamer Platz, enter the Park near Sony Center and keep walking for about 250m.