Janus, die Wolfskerze  (ENG)
A candle for the International Village Shop to illuminate the ambivalence around a pack of wolves; fears and romanticisation of nature are entering the villages.

This two-headed-candle is available over Kunstverein Springhornhof.

Around the millenium wolves came back to Germany, crossing the river Oder in Saxony and finding their way to the Lüneburger Heathlands. Close to Neuenkirchen is living (since 2012) a pack of wolves. Some people welcome them enthusiastically, others worry about the safety of sheep and cattle and lonely walks in the forests. Children learn at school how to behave when you meet a wolf: make yourself big, rise your arms with the jacket, be very loud. Wolves are a hotly discussed subject and mirror reactions to the unknown. Polarisation comes in when cultural fears and romanticization of nature and wolves enter the village.

Myvillages created this candle for the International Village Shop and in particular for the permanent store in Neuenkirchen. It is a wolf with two faces in the shape of a candle; a Janus head in the tradition of the Roman god that stands for ambivalence. This candle can illuminate the discussion and shine a light on the candle factory in the neighboring village of Walsrode.

We launch Janus, die Wolfskerze with a talk by Kathleen Schwerdtner Máńez and a feast of lamb stew. Made with and for the Kunstverein Springhornhof, Neuenkirchen, Lüneburger Heathlands DE. Tink-Tank-Team: Bettina von Dziembowski, Wapke Feenstra, Monika Zimmermann, Andreas Eschment, Simon Meyer, Antje Schiffers. Design: Wapke Feenstra, Modelling: Andreas Eschment, Production: Heide-Wachs Kerzenfabrik Walsrode


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