Monat: Mai 2016

Stairways to heaven

The inner part of the temple (Cella) is very complicated to reconstruct but with the scientific drawings Dieter is able to reconstruct even the invisible parts of the monument. The picture shows the “Thalamos” direction south where two stairways went up to the rooftop of the Baaltemple. Here 22 meters above the ground the ancient could touch the stars and celebrated holy ceremonies with an extraordinary prospect of the fertile oasis of Palmyra.Cöllen, Bbaaltempel 20.05 (1)Cöllen, Bbaaltempel 20.05 (2)Cöllen, Bbaaltempel 20.05 (3)Cöllen, Bbaaltempel 20.05 (4)Cöllen, Bbaaltempel 20.05 (5)


here under the French sky Dieter Cöllen is working on details of the temple. The columns are always the most difficult parts to build but the result is very close to reality and tells about the power of that monument. There is still lots of work to do and we see: It´s easier to destroy than to rebuild…

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Here you see little Rosslin (6) and her brother Ibrahem (10), both escaped from hard violence in their home country Syria. Now under protection they try to handle previous experiences in order to create a better future. Under the lead of Dieter Cöllen they put their nose into modelling craft. In his studio the kids have big fun in helping the artist reconstructing the destroyed temple of Baal in Palmyra.

Reconstructing Palmyra.

The systematic destruction of the world cultural heritage Palmyra compels Dieter Coellen to use his skills as a model-builder to allow people to once again experience what has been lost. His unique cork models, on display in numerous leading museums and collections, have impressively proven that it is possible bring to life – both visually and emotionally – lost worlds using the natural material cork. Based on close cooperation with eyewitnesses, documentarists and archaeologists, the model of Palmyra will recreate the physical presence of the lost original. Like no other material, cork makes it possible to create a reproduction of cultural monuments that retrace the past naturally. The model can make the loss visible and enable viewers to experience it as a personal loss. In view of the enormous symbolic power of the Temple of Bel, Coellen plans to construct this first, with the intention of making it the centrepiece of his reproduction of the entire site. The archaeological stone plans of Henri Arnold Seyrig form the basis for this reproduction. His precise and comprehensive work enables an exact reconstruction of the monument and show its condition prior to its destruction by IS in 2015.

The cork model is to be displayed publicly after a construction time of around six months. The aim of all efforts is an exhibition that reveals the momentous changes of our time and enables viewers to comprehend these emotionally on multiple levels.

Dieter Coellen cannot complete this project alone, so he is seeking dedicated supporters: sponsors who will support this project financially, intellectually and emotionally and thus become a part of the living resistance to unbearable destruction.