Updated on 18.08.2021
Description of the Global Stone Project
The Global Stone Project is a project for global awareness and peace, a monument for the future.
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.