My name is Marijan. I am just an ordinary guy running a small business here in Slovenia. During the financial crisis in 2008 I lost almost everything I owned. But despite of my situation I never lost my hope and determination.
In fact it was my very determination that helped me put this project together. There were only a few individuals that were willing to listen to me. Even fewer believed in my project and/or in me. Only because of their help I was able to start this project, right here in Slovenia.
Below I am explaining this project on national Slovenian TV station …
First of all, I want to prove that it can be done!
I want to show people that an ordinary person can achieve something that surpasses their abilities and succeeds in spreading the idea outside their village, city, or country. I want to show the world that we can achieve our goal without large systems and greedy institutions behind them. I want to show everyone that a small group of people is capable of great things, as long as we unite and combine our forces and efforts.
My goal is to show the world that despite the differences in gender, race, religious and political convictions, we are all equal. We are all human; we want to be loved, respected and to live a satisfying and accomplished life.
Together and united. That is why this is also a story about bees. Bees are excellent team workers, and their role in the survival of our planet cannot be overstated. They help us keep our planet alive.
With your help I want to set up a sculpture that will grow with each and every donation. It will serve as testament that mankind is willing and able to make our world a better place. This project will not simply end after the six month period. The sculpture will stay at its resting place and the website will remain active, although I cannot say what will happen with the internet itself in the next 20 years.
Please, remember: this is not MY project, it is OUR project. Only united, as a group, we will be able to achieve our goal and to leave a permanent mark in history. I am the one who started the project, but I will need your help to finish the goal. Without YOU the project will be unable to succeed.
The inspiration for the sculpture is drawn from nature, more precisely from bees. A honeycomb optimally uses the available space, and is also connected to our main focus point – the hardworking bee.
The sculpture’s planned site will be in small town Mozirje, located at the beginning of the Slovene valley Savinjska dolina. It ends with another breathtaking valley called Logarska dolina, which is regarded as the hidden treasure of Kamnik-Savinja Alps. This valley is home to many friendly people who are willing to try out new approaches and develop new ideas. People who dare to be different.
Come and see for yourself!
The sculpture will be shaped like a honeycomb. The bees represent community, diligence, selflessness, and life. It was Mr. Oskar Kogoj who proposed that the sculpture could take on the shape of a honeycomb. Mr. Oskar Kogoj is a renowned artist and designer who will create a statue for the sculpture’s centrepiece – a bee.
The local story of the bee fits perfectly into the global aspect of this project. One bee alone is not as successful as a whole hive. The whole hive, on the other hand, can pollinate a large area, and produce more honey. Bees are busy workers who contribute to the survival of our planet.
I cannot finish this project by myself. Only if each of us contributes a small piece of the puzzle does this project have a chance of becoming successful. Whether helping with a donation to a charity organization of your choice or with a contribution that will help me to build the sculpture, or simply by spreading the news about the project, every effort will be invaluable.
Only if we combine our hearts, strength, and knowledge can we hope to make a difference!