The Cloak of Conscience
“I believe deeply in the values of Beauty, Kindness and Truth. I believe that it is urgent for the survival of humanity to create a renewed sense of ethics, once a domain of religions, and to create an economic system which gives a fair chance to everybody, functioning without plundering the non-renewable resources of our mother Earth, and without destroying the environment, our Nest. It is conscience, our inner sense of what is right or wrong, which controls or inhibits our actions and thoughts, that gave me the courage to create with the Cloak the universal Symbol for Peace, and Solidarity”
Since 1998, a number of Cloaks in bronze and marble have been installed in prime locations throughout Europe. They are the embryo of the Conscience Net, which shall one day cover the world. The largest Cloak is an archi-sculpture, five meters high, in pristine white Carrara marble from the famous Michelangelo quarry, with an interior space for meditation. This unique work, created out of a block of 250 tons, with tissue-like folds reminding us of Bernini and Michelangelo, is the center of the Conscience Net. The white Cloak, like the gown of a priest, a rabbi, an imam, or a monk, alludes to the Unity of all religions and civilizations and the Solidarity between people of all races and faith’.
Creating a sculpture from such a large block of marble was never going to be easy. Here, over a five year span, we document with pictures, just what was involved, from the Michelangelo Quarry, where the block came from, to its completion five years later at the Michelangelo Studio, Carrarra, Italy
The Making of The Cloak
Since Antiquity, people associate special powers with precious and semi-precious stones. The purity of white marble is said to be especially powerful for meditation and the healing of injured souls. The interior Void of the Cloak, with the walls cut like diamonds, give visitors a first-hand experience of these forces.
The Void reminds us, that the essential nature of reality is emptiness, the very source of all life and all forms. Dharma kaya in Buddhism, Brahma in Hinduism, the Tao of Lao Tzu and the Soul in Christianism, pervade all material things in the Universe and reflect the enlightened wisdom in the human mind.
Compassion, Peace, Harmony are the attitudes much needed in our convulsed times. The “Cloak of Conscience” as “Philosophers Stone” shall guide us to find the path out of the current deadlock.
Every visitor will be able to experience the beneficial influence of the energy of the Cloak and achieve a state of emotional and intellectual enlightenment.