Carve a Tree For Life
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 years 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.
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.
The team included Shlomo Erel from Mishmar HaEmek, Eyal Bloch from Jerusalem, Karola from Berlin and Volker from Hanover, Germany.