Following my amazing visit to Germany back in the Autumn, I was massively honoured to be approached by this beautiful German village on the edge of the Black Forest to help them celebrate their 750th anniversary celebrations this summer
I've been asked to create a sculpture in the village that captures a little of the history and community of this lovely village.
Hopefully if everything can be sorted out, I shall be flying out to Germany mid June to spend a few weeks working onsite - can't wait! Here's my overview and the 'story' behind the sculpture:
At the middle of the sculpture will be two timber beams. The posts will lean on each other, symbolising the strong community within the village. The inside of the two beams will be carved in a way that will create a wavy line when they are lent together. This symbolises the Seltenbach a stream that passes through the village on its way to feed the Rhine. On the face of the beams will be cut a double spiral. At the beginning of Lent the village holds its own 'bonfire' celebration called Fastnacht Fuer. The batchelors of the village build a bonfire on the opposite side of the Selentbach and amongst other thing use long whippy poles to 'whip' small wooden (and fiery) discs across the valley toward the village.