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25. April 2012 - 4. Juli 2012

I spent the first few months of the year – after the winter break – developing the Rose of Shalom. I knew that the Tree of Life needed a centre. And I envisioned it to be a Star of David for a longer period. However, after construction began and things assumed shape, I knew that the effects of an isolated Star of David would be too harsh and confrontational for this location. That’s when I came up with the idea of placing the star on the shape of a flower. The idea of the “White Rose” came to mind. I realized this idea and placed the star on a shape that I called the White Rose. 

Using my design software, I created around 1,000 different drawings with the most minor of deviations. I then reflected (meditated) on them and tried to feel how the overall effect differed with these deviations. Afterwards, I selected the shape that I felt most fit to open one’s heart. 


Bows for the rose of Shalom
The arches of the rose were cut with a waterjet cutter based on a computer file I created.

Mr. and Mrs. Reinig deliver the arches of stone
Mr and Mrs Reinig of the company Quarzwerk Dude in the Lauter Valley deliver the arches. The granite used for the rose was provided by them. Also the contact to the company Wetzel Tec, which had the water jet cutting device, came about them.

The arches were set in concrete
The arches of the rose have been put together and set in concrete by Ferdl and Freddy.

The basic form of the rose in the overall picture
A view unto the Rhine Plain.

The tree with
The greening of the crown is the only part of the Tree of Life left unfinished. 

Rolling lawn is laid on the treetop
The first mats of rolling lawn have been placed.

Delivery of rolling lawn
There was lively interaction between the workers and me during construction. It often delighted me greatly, and I regularly wished that the intellectuals of my country valued and understood my project to the same extent.

The greening goes ahead
I added three palettes (used to transport the rolling lawn) at the left-hand side of the ring, to imagine the effect memorial stones would have in the same location.

The green treetop is ready
The lawn has been almost completely placed :-)  The memorial's circle – Ø 26 meters – has 24 steps, the bright-grey Threshold of Humility. They bear the inscription: “Recognize the Holy in your midst”. The Rose of Shalom with the Turning Point to Life is located in the center of the Tree of Life. Here - that is the meaning of the Turning Point - visitors can turn around and carry a blessing into the world.


Freddy's daughter wanted to water the lawn
Freddy Thom’s daughter felt compelled to water the new lawn and support its healthy growth.

The shape of the rose in the now green grassThe rose arches in new, lush green.

I cut the shape of the marble for the RoseHere, I adjust marble slabs with an angle grinder. They are going to be placed in the gaps between the arches and make up the surface of the Rose of Shalom.

Rose with marble
Now I have also attached the rings in the middle. You can see that I worked with remnants where the corners of the star would later lie.

The star is placed on the rose
My sister places the second triangle of the Rose of Shalom during the inauguration ceremony; I placed the first triangle before her. 

Bernd Rettig lays star for the rose of Schlom
The local representative of Bensheim-Hochstädten places another triangle. For this triangle, I affixed a thin plate of Odenwald-Quartz onto a cut-to-size granite plate.

Thomas Zieringer completes the star
Here, I place the last triangle to complete the star.

It has succeeded and looks beautiful
A very beautiful result :-)

Dance around the tree of life
Romani people play music as we dance around the Tree of Life.

The place is already accepted
The first visitors feel the attraction of the site.

The bases for the benches are delivered
The company Quarzwerk Dude produced stone blocks for us. I wanted to place two replacement steps – leftovers from the construction of the steps for the monument – on the stone blocks. These benches would suit the monument well.

Stone blocks are installed
Ferdl and Freddy now fix the blocks into concrete fundaments with steel pins.

The seat surface for the benches
The two remaining steps are going to be placed on the stone blocks and affixed with cemented steel pins. This requires an exact fit. 

The bank from the step
The alignment of the new bench is perfect. 

Construction of foundation for stones in the ring
Freddy and Ferdl construct the first fundament (for three stones) in the monument’s ring. They place welded wire fabrics, which are shaped in accordance with our design. 

The foundation is filled with concrete and readdy
The first fundament is ready now. The form was poured with concrete.

All foundations in the ring are ready
All concrete fundaments for 11 memorial stones have been completed. The site is already developing its own attraction and force.





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