For Michael Hammers this year's Tree Lighting at the Rockefeller Center was "under his star" in a very special way. In these pre-Christmas days he is associated in a very emotional way with two metropoles, both of which have been affected by similar terrorist attacks within the past year: Berlin and New York City.
"When I told my friends in New York from the memorial place on the Breitscheidplatz and the wound, the crack, which I'm creating right now in the ground, all of them were very touched".
Idea and concept for the design of the memorial place on the Breitscheidplatz in Berlin come from the Berlin office Merz Merz plus and into being out the technical and artistic collaboration with Michael Hammers.
After the November 1 attack New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said "This is a very painful day for our city. Our soul can never be moved by an act of violence, by an act of terrorism that should intimidate us. We have been put to the test once before, very close to today's tragedy. We will answer as we always do. We remain unrestrained. ".
For the first anniversary, the memorial site on Berlin's Breitscheidplatz will be inaugurated on December 19.
Last night, the New Yorkers opened their "Season" by turning on the world's most famous Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Michael Hammers' "Swarovski Star" crowns him for the 14th time continuing to rest over Rockefeller Plaza as the symbol of the ingress of eternity into time: Christmas. Vulnerable as the child in the manger are and remain we all.