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Admonishing memorial or Stonehenge?

I selected this heading because people often used these words to describe my project as I introduced the Garden of Freedom to them. Here, you can find an image of the Berlin Holocaust Memorial and here an image of Stonehenge. They share nothing with the Garden of Freedom in their design and effect on visitors. The Berlin Memorial is located in the city and its “stones” are actually 2,700 grey blocks of concrete. Stonehenge is constructed in nature, similar to the Garden of Freedom, and consists of monumental boulders. The garden features a different type of stone, blocks of Odenwald quartz of a completely different shape and size, arranged in a different manner as well. Stonehenge initially consists of a closed circle of stones that together with its insides represented a place of worship . The Peace Memorial in the Garden of Freedom consists of 11 stones – which do not form a closed circle – placed around an old religious symbol well known in Judaism and Christianity: The Tree of Life. It overcomes all religion that is only focused on an external ideology, as it represents people finding the connection to God inside themselves.

The Peace Memorial shows 11 stones arranged in a ring, a design language that also appeals to the prehistoric past of our country and touches this root in our collective and individual consciousness. The Tree of Life breaks open the dark ring. It represents a journey, the development of a human’s soul. The Tree of Life concerns itself with the education of the heart – “Rationality shall belongs to people like love shall belongs to rationality. Striving for it is what it means to live, and it will outlast its own time.” (Markus Rabanus)


What the "Stone Circle" really means

The Tree of Life breaks through the dark and vicious cycle of terror and violence. The stones are projection surfaces. Are we still trapped in the relative truths (projections) of our mind?

The Peace Memorial is demarcated on the outside by the grey Threshold of Humility. It is dotted black and white, like there is light and shadow in our soul, and bears the inscription: “Recognize the Holy in your midst”. This perception of humans inspires the 1st article of the German constitution that: “Human dignity is inviolable”; it is a Sign of Renewal for Germany.

The Peace Memorial shows people the way to the journey towards themselves. At its core, they turn around – at the Turning Point in the Rose of Shalom  to carry this blessing outwards, into the world.





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