Covenant for Reconciliation

Stifts Ruin, currently used as open-air opera festival,
Stadt Bad Hersfeld, Germany

bent steel I-beams, 150 yr old granite side walk sections, text

13' x 30'wide area

Massive steel beams, twisted and destroyed by tremendous force, are reconstructed to stand like survivors, a contemporary ruin, posed against the historic roofless medieval cloister, Stifts Ruine, that was burned by invading Nordic tribesman in the Middle Ages and is now used to house an open-air opera festival. Centuries old granite sidewalk sections, their material history written into the surface, stand gravestone–like among the twisted beams. The granite is engraved with quotations from diaries of survivors of the Allied bombing of Berlin and a Hebrew prayer written in 1946