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I am the world. The world is us *

Since 2004 I have been busy with this project.
It started in Switzerland, when I thought “how beautiful would it be if I could make the whole, so to speak, world mine, one way or another. To have it with me to be everywhere at the same time. To outwhit time. And from there on the realization that I am the world. The world is mine. The world is us. And so being together, with the idea we are all the same. We all want to live in happiness, in peace. Next to and with each other. To outsmart prejudices. The whole world within 1 m3.
Forever, eternally”.
Coincidentally I had a small stone with me coming from my birthground. I left a piece of myself behind and took a piece of Switzerland home with me. By doing so I had my first piece of the world with me. Literally.
The plan was to travel the world myself and to do the same in every country, but that turned out to be an utopian idea. Unfortunately, this will not happen to me.
My family offered to help me. I gave them my stone from my brthround and they passionatly copied my actions. They chose the most beautiful spots for me and layed down my stone, as if I were there. They took a stone with them and by doing so they make me very happy. They took pictures of the spot where the stone was taken and layed down, the sight and the action.
My intention is, in the end, to make an exhibition , when I have many, many stones of the world(by preference of all countries), with all photos, charts and names of people who made this project possible. And, of course, with the pieces of the countries.
Our world!
Now here's my question: who wants to participate? You would make me very happy. It is about countries, where you might travel to of might be living, which are not yet in my collection. The list of countries, I already collected, is mentioned below. It gives me a very special feeling that I, thanks to the help of the participants, wander over our globe. At the same time the world, weary of wandering, rests safely with me.
The countries already visited:
Belgium
Germany
Bahamas
Switzerland
New Zealand
China
Australia
Aruba
Luxemburg
United States of America
Italy
Slovenia
Andorra
Turkye
Tunesia
Mongolia
Great Britain
India
Jordan
Russia
Israel
Lebanon
Portugal
Spain
Gibraltar
Chile
Peru
Ecuador
Bolivia
Argentina
Brazil
Poland
North Korea
Moldova
Ukraine
Transnistria
Curaçao
France
Finland
Scotland 2x
South-Africa
Thailand
Iran
Dominican Republic
Norway
Sweden
South-Korea
Letvia

Do you want to participate, will you visit a special country? Or do you live overthere?

Send an e-mail to carmenheemels23@gmail.com
or a personal message on Facebook.
Of course I pay the postage.

I already thank you with all my heart!



Marjan van Herpen, Krk, de baai van Stara Baška