The Einbecks’ Time for Peace Project
1987 – The origin
It was in December of 1987 at the Robert Einbeck exhibit in the Mario R. MainettiGallery in Basel (Switzerland) that the European creative multi media artist Robert Einbeckand author Marion Einbeck first thought of creating a traveling work of art that would have as its goal the promotion of humanist values such as tolerance, solidarity, a better understanding of one’s fellowmen, andrespect for the differences among them.
To develop this large-scale venture known as “The Einbecks’Time for Peace Project” Marion and Robert Einbeck left Paris andsettled in New York in 1998.
To manage the artistic enterprise there, they created the non-profit organization “Time for Peace, Inc.”, governed by American law and established a board of directors with the founders Marion and Robert Einbeck as president and vice-president respectively. They then selected two chairmen to be associated with the project.
It was their objective from the very beginning to develop an architecturally designed pavilion to be made of canvas and metal that could be moved and could travel across the world by truck.
It didn’t take long for important American architectural and engineering firms to link up with the project. Piat & Associates in Boston was followed by the FTL Design Studio in New York – one of the world’s greatest specialists in architectural tent design.
1994 – Film and Music are incorporated in the project
In 1994, the French Ambassador to the United States in Washington, D.C., and the Ambassadors of Israel and Germany to the United Nations in New York offered their support to Marion and Robert Einbeck to launch the “Time for Peace Film & Music Award”, backing their project and promotingfilms and music that convey humanist values.
The first Time for Peace Film Award was conferred to Steven Spielberg for “Schindler’s List” during a special event at Lincoln Center in New York, with a dinner created by Paul Bocuse. For this occasion Marisa Berenson wore a Time for Peace gown designed by Yves St. Laurent.
That same year a Time for Peace Music Festival took place in Los Angeles, hosted by Robert Mitchum and Robert Stack. Richard Riordan, Mayor of Los Angeles, declared the 4th of October 1994 “Time for Peace Day.”
In 1995 in New York, the Time for Peace Music Award was given to Stevie Wonder for his album “Conversation Peace.” Year after year the prize was expanded through the addition of different categories.
Each year (after a jury of experts chose the nominees), together with Marion and Robert Einbeck a jury consisting of 20 to 30 United Nations ambassadors – deeply concerned with the permanence of humanist values – would select the films, directors, actors and actresses, musicians, and screen writers that were to be honored with the award that year.
Since 1994, via the media, the Time for Peace Film & Music Awards have promoted a culture of humanist values and an ethical sense among the public and the world of the cinematographic and musical industries through works created and interpreted by artists of cinema and music who joined the Time for Peace project.
The Time for Peace Film & Music Award has been given to film directors such as Steven Spielberg for Schindler’s List and Amistad; Michael Radford for Il Postino; Scott Hicks for Shine; Caroline Link for Jenseits der Stille; and to Roberto Benigni for La Vita è Bella; to actors such as Robin Williams for his interpretation of Sean McGuire in Good Will Hunting; in music the award has gone to Stevie Wonder for Conversation Peace; to Jewel for her songs Pieces of You and A Night Without Amor; Céline Dion and Phil Gaston for the song Fly; Charles Trenet for his whole career; and recently to Charles Aznavour for Colore Ma Vie , to name but a few.
In 2007 in Los Angeles, the Time for Peace Actress Award was given to Hilary Swank for her interpretation of Erin Grüwell in Freedom Writers.
In 2008 in London, the Japanese film director NaomiKawase also received the Time for Peace Film & Music Award for Mogari Not Mori (The Mourning Forest), as did the Russian director AleksandrSokurov for Alexandra, the Irish director John Carney for Once, and the British director Michael Winterbottom for A Mighty Heart.
The exterior structure
The original infrastructure was movable and meant to be transported by trucks containing the technical and electrical equipment but, despite the project’s originality, it didn’t allow any architectural feats to be achieved. In the case of a fixed structure this is no longer a problem.
The conception of the exterior form of the tent will be innovative and easily identifiable so that it can be internationally recognized as a tangible symbol of global humanist values.
In order to attract an international public, the architecture that blends metal and fabric will be as easily recognizable and surprising in its own way as is the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, which continues to draw visitors from all over the world.
The project will have a surface of 4,000 to 6,000 square meters, depending upon the space allocated for its construction.
The artistic and architectural “Einbeck Time for Peace Project” will be equally easy to reduce so that it can be reproduced in a variety of objects and badges.
Bringing to life an art in the service of humanist ideas for the peoples of the entire world, the “Einbeck Time for Peace Project” rapidly received the official patronage of international and governmental organizations.
The interior structure
The entrance to the “Einbeck Time for Peace Project” will be located on the East where the sun rises and with its starry, four-branched structure will indicate the four points of the compass.
After the box office and the waiting room area, which will measure 180 square meters able to hold 200 persons, there will be a coatroom with an opening at the exit to facilitate collecting the visitors’ coats and hats.
A corridor will lead from the entrance to the central hall.
The central hall – a three-dimensional work of art
It is the objective of this room to offer serenity to visitors and induce in them a state of reflection and contemplation. This space will be a work of art and a culmination of the creative work of Robert Einbeck. The results of the physiological and psychological research done by Marion and Robert Einbeck and a team of doctors and multi-disciplinarian researchers within a French hospital setting will come to fruition here.