The Tree of Peace

Ginnosar 2002
In the Palmach grove on the shores
of the Sea of Galilee

I met Yuval Lopen from Ginnosar. He was carving totem
poles at the kibbutz. When we visited Yigal Alon’s tomb
he told us about the “spring gatherings” where Yigal Alon
used to meet with the local Galilean dignitaries,
Druze Arab and Circacian. We were happy to renew
this blessed tradition.

In cooperation and with the support of Nitza Kaplan,
manager of the Yigal Alon museum and the Nof Ginnosar
guest house we contacted Harubi, a Druze sculptor from
Pekiin, and things started moving…

For a whole week we carved a 15 meter Ekome tree with
peace symbols that were selected by some 40 artists.
Hundreds of guests took part in the event and visited
us there. Thus was created an impressive totem pole
that stands in the Palmach Grove on the shores
of the Sea of Galilee.

During the week we slept in tents that were set
out in a circle.

At dawn I heard the clanging of hammers, I peeked out
from my tent and saw that the children had started
to carve to the beat of their hearts.

Symbols from bottom to top

A pregnant woman’s feet become roots — fertility

Children dancing with an olive branch

Clasped hands — cooperation

Fish — plenty, free flow, subconscious and fertility

A butterfly — metamorphosis, the dance of life, lightness, flightiness

The sun — consciousness, love

A dove — love and safety, family and home