Candlestick for a church in Iserlohn-Letmathe
Design and realization of a peace chandelier
Friedenskirche Iserlohn-Letmathe, 2000
Oak wood, steel
100 x 100 x 200 cm
The three-winged stand made of solid oak wood makes a reference to the baptismal font and its material a reference to the pulpit. Inside the globe there is a place for the Easter candle, where the baptismal candles are also lit. More than 100 magnetic candle holders can be positioned anywhere on the globe. Fork joints make it possible to balance the geographical latitudes so that the candles are upright at any position of the globe.
In 1997, the “Lauftreff Friedenskirche” organized a 600 km long relay race “For Peace – Against Forgetting”. The running route began at the East Berlin Gethsemane Church on Prenzlauer Berg and ended at the Friedenskirche in Iserlohn-Letmathe. As part of this sporting event, the runners brought with them a fragment of the Berlin Wall and a handwritten message from the East Berlin community. The outlines of the city of Berlin have been worked out in the form of an intarsia from the original wall piece brought with them and inserted into the steel sheet of the European land mass. The greeting message on paper, with its cracks and holes ground through carrying, is displayed under a glass pane at the foot of the candlestick as a document of the times.