Radical Joy Revealed
June 4, 2014

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Daring & Beauty in the Train Station
Feminine beauty in Bern
Yvonne Meyer and Noemi Hopf modeling and creating beauty in the main train station, Bern Switzerland, Global Earth Exchange 2012

For the 2012 Global Earth Exchange, when people all around the world go to wounded places to find and make beauty, Yvonne Meyer and Noemi Hopf went not to a forest, river, or mining site... but to the main train station in Berne, Switzerland. Yvonne writes: 


We went to an abandoned, neglected area where there were three warning signs to scare people away. We observed that the place seemed dead, even though the tumult of the train station was all around and underneath it. We found some astonishing garbage: even heirloom crystal. The child in me got excited about that. I also discovered a tiny bit of beauty in this place: right next to the bars of a grate grew some vegetation that will no doubt take over in a few years.


Our act of beauty was: we set up two sculptures of wood that a good friend of ours had formed. Around them we arranged a circle made out of trash. And above all: we showed our feminine beauty! We got many compliments about it during that day.


Finally, we bravely did a Hawaiian dance and sang a song: Emalama, Eka heiou... Earth and Sky, Sea and Stone, hold this Land in sacredness!




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