Wolfgang Jeske - Refugium, Ernst-Ehrlicher-Park Hildesheim 2020, 180 x 90 cm je Skulptur, Holz, Aluminium, LEDs © VG-Bildkunst, Bonn courtesy of EVI LICHTUNGEN, Photographer Sara Foerster
A fragile ensemble of light houses is stretched across a pond in the Ernst-Ehrlicher-Park. The old trees on the shore effortlessly support the constructions made of wood and light fabric. A village of light seems to float above the pond; in the water level the picture doubles to a light symmetry in the evening park scenery. The original image of the building as a shelter and temporary hostel for our thoughts, feelings and hopes.
Wolfgang Jeske (*1959) is an installation artist and sculptor living in Hanover. He works with word interpretations and symbols, but also with profane building materials and consumer goods. Wolfgang Jeske has specialized in temporary interventions in public space and "Landart". He has shown works on Mount Etna in Sicily, on the Isle of Skye and in Poznan, as well as in the Hanover region.
The Ernst Ehrlicher Park is a public park area located between the Wallanalge behind the church St. Godehard and passes into the so-called recreation area at the innermost part of the adjacent Hohnsensee. In the park there is an old stock of trees and several ponds, so that it is often used as a retreat near the city. Historically, the park was the garden of the St. Godehard monastery (first mentioned in 1146). The monks laid out the ponds as fish ponds and even grew wine. In 1461, the northern part was jointly extended by the old and new towns of Hildesheim to form the moat in front of the new rampart. In the 19th century, the park was given to a merchant family under a hereditary leasehold, and later on it was taken over by the town as a town park in 1917 and was open to everyone from 1927.
Christian Kock war Teil des Organisationsteams der Hildesheimer Wallungen 2019. Er erzählt, wie Hildesheim zum Zuhause geworden ist und welche versteckten Orte dazu beigetragen haben.