“The peace totem”
In August 2006 a project called
“Carve a Tree for Life” took place
on the Vanse Island. Teenagers and
adults from four countries
participated in this project which
was sponsored by EuroMed:
Germany, the host
Turkey, students for international relations
Palestine, students from Bethlehem and Jerusalem
Israel, Teenagers from Sderot
The encounter took two weeks during which
the participants carved a 200 year old oak
tree that had grown in a park in Berlin and
was cut down because of a disease.
It is 12 meters tall and Y shaped.
The symbols (from bottom to top)
- The phoenix reborn
- On the left, children on a see-saw
- Above it, a huge open heart with an
embryo inside it. Water flows through the heart.
- On the right, a turtle climbing relentlessly, leaving footprints in the trunk.
- On the right branch, the hand of a woman pouring water from a jug
- On the left branch, the hand of a man pouring water from a jug
- Around them, masks showing human faces that express different emotions
- Above the hand of the woman is an Ankh.
- Above the hand of the man is the phoenix burning
- Many masks
The team included Shlomo Erel from Mishmar HaEmek, Eyal Bloch from Jerusalem, Karola from Brlin and Volker from Hanover, Germany.