Wolfgang von Schwarzenfeld’s sculptures in a Berlin park were meant to promote world peace.
Now the 79-year-old German now finds himself at war with a Venezuelan tribe which accuses him of stealing a sacred pink stone known to them as “Grandmother”.
The Venezuelan government is championing the Pemon Indians of the “Gran Sabana” region by demanding the return of the polished stone from Berlin’s Tiergarten park – putting the German government in something of a dilemma.
With Caracas calling it robbery, and the sculptor arguing that the stone was a legal gift, the monolith is emitting more negative energy than its esoteric fans in Berlin are used to.
Blissfully unaware of the diplomatic tug-of-war, Robert, a Berlin gardener, got off his bicycle to light joss sticks among the stones from five continents that form the “Global Stone Project”, awaiting friends for an afternoon shamanic ritual.
But newly arrived Venezuelan tourists Grecia Melendez and Juan Carlos Brozoski knew all about the war of the stone and suspected there were political motives behind the protests.
“(President Hugo) Chavez always wants a conflict with someone,” said 32-year-old Melendez, taking photos of the 12 cubic meter stone, which is engraved with the word “love” in different languages – and graffiti with couples’ names and hearts.
There is nothing new in colonialists being looters and robbers. The European history is full of criminals, who robed the third world for most of its valuables.
But to steal a sacred “grandmother” is something spectacular new.
For this German, there might not be any hope of repentance and salvation. Most Europeans around his age have heard the gospel, and rejected it. I hope I am wrong.
But for the the Venezuelan tribe, there might be hope. Hope that Jesus will send some of his students, to explain to them than no stone is sacred. That to elevate created pieces of stone and wood is idolatry, punishable with eternal death.
There you will worship man-made gods of wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or eat or smell.
Let us pray that the victims of the European looters will find favor with God of the Bible.
Written by Ivar