The Fountain of Tears Memorial is “A Dialogue of Suffering Between the Holocaust and the Crucifixion” created by Rick Wienecke, an Israeli sculptor.  Seven sculptured relief panels reflecting the last seven utterances from the crucifixion in front of Seven life size bronze figures symbolizing the response and reflection of the Holocaust survivor. It has six pillars of stone for a memorial to the six million perished in the Holocaust. The Fountain of Tears is based on the verses of the Prophet Jeremiah, “Oh Lord that my head were a spring of water and my eyes a fountain of tears that I would weep day and night for the lost of my people.”  This was a cry and prayer from Jeremiah, and it is also the artist’s prayer that the Lord God would remember the six million and pay back all that was taken from this people as a result of the Holocaust.

“The communication of the Fountain of Tears is the communication of a Father’s heart to his children. His love communicated through art touches the heart.”

Geoff Barnard in his book Face to Face, Biblical Reflections on the Fountain of Tears

Art is a language to express difficult situations and emotional standpoint. Art helps deal with social changes. Now is the time for hearts to be changed. Casa Israel is working with Rick Wienecke to bring elements of his memorial to Austin in 2020.  This work serves as a unique catalyst for self-reflection in light of another point of view and is the artist’s response to his Creator and human suffering. 

The traveling art exhibit will include a large sculptured wall relief and bronze figure called, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” as well as a large bronze sculpture “The Butterfly” - A Child in the Crematorium, based on the book named ‘I never saw another butterfly’.

Please consider partnering with us on this journey. Your gift enable us to visit additional cities, create additional curriculum or enhance the technology surrounding the project. Every gift matters!

Rick Wienecke is both a talented artist and gifted teacher. His journey began as a young man, lost to himself. Although Canadian and a non-believer, Rick felt a desire to experience the newly formed State of Israel. Through a series of events, his life changed drastically on this journey to a kibbutz what is now Samaria. Rick began anew by losing himself, inviting God to be the King in his life and recognizing Jesus as his Messiah. Rick served in the IDF, as have his two sons. He was awarded Israeli citizenship and lives in Arad, a small town in the Negev desert. He and his family are deeply committed to the land of Israel and its people, as evidenced by his body of work. The “Fountain of Tears” was designed as a response to the call for payback, a beautiful and personal statement that encourages each viewer to seek his personal call of response.

The Fountain of Tears is currently installed in its entirety in two locations, Arad and Birkenau, outside of Auschwitz, Poland. Each has unique characteristics that facilitate a transforming experience for visitors. Working with Casa Israel, Rick has determined that it is time for the Fountain to begin a new journey and reach a broader audience. The new project, designed specifically for the United States, is titled “the Sculptured Dialogue of Suffering” and will initially consist of a single panel from the Fountain entitled “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me” along with the piece entitled “The Butterfly,” inspired by a children’s poem from the Holocaust.

The Sculptured Dialogue Art Exhibit will be an interactive experience, to include appropriate curriculum and supporting activities and resources. The purpose of this project is to open minds and hearts to the history of the Holocaust and preceding events in light of the commonality of suffering. While not yet completely formed, the curriculum, activities and resources will intentionally support the individual response and sense of connection to the land of Israel in relationship with the God of Israel. Current ideas include a bible study App, an experience App, appropriate movies and plays, a curriculum for schools and churches and a book fair.

 Please consider donating to enable others to learn and experience the Holocaust from another point of view.

How do you experience the SculptURed Dialogue of Suffering?

The Sculptured Dialogue Art Exhibit will be an interactive experience, to include appropriate curriculum, supporting activities and resources. The purpose of this project is to open minds and hearts to the history of the Holocaust and preceding events in light of the commonality of suffering.  While not yet completely formed, the curriculum, activities and resources will intentionally support the individual response and sense of connection to the land of Israel in relationship with the God of Israel.  Current ideas include a bible study App, an experience App, appropriate movies and plays, a curriculum for schools and churches and a book fair.

The initial panel was chosen to be the first element of the Sculptured Dialogue because it resonates so strongly with viewers of the Fountain of Tears. The Butterfly was chosen because it speaks so powerfully to despair and hope.

participate

There are several ways that you or your group can participate.

  • VISIT - the Exhibit will be available for individuals to experience using supporting educational curriculum

  • Schedule a Group visit. Curriculum will be available for your group to fully experience the exhibit.

  • Join the team! We look forward to working with you as a volunteer, fundraiser or educator.

  • DONATE

  • HOST a new location - help make this opportunity for Reconciliation available to a larger audience!

 More details coming soon!

Beginning in Austin, TX, in the Spring of 2020, the Sculptured Dialogue Art Exhibit will travel to locations throughout the United States. Turnkey educational and promotional materials will be included in the package available to potential host organizations, currently identified in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Georgia, Tennessee and Washington. The Art Exhibit will stay in each location between 4 and 6 weeks.

While the basics will be in place from the beginning, it is the desire of all parties that the result of this travelling exhibit is a fully formed Fountain of Tears Memorial installation located here in the United States. Interested in more information? Complete our form to stay in touch.

We look forward to seeing you in 2020!