Painting for HEIMATSCHUTZ.

Photo: Eiko Wenzel

Flensburg is a port city which owes much of its infrastructure to its role in the triangular slave trade, a part of which was the refining of rum and sugar. The sugar cone is an icon used – together with a wooden cask – by Flensburg’s tourist industry to mark it’s ‘rum and sugar mile’.

First installed in Flensburg’s “City Church” during Passiontide, with a mind to its gothic architecture, the course of natural light through its stained glass windows and the positioning of the church’s many chandeliers, the colours and mood of painting changed with the weather, the day, and the approach of the summer. Often its red underlayer shone through the titanium and bone white of the sugar cone.

In the painting’s second installation, at the City and Maritime Museum in Kiel, the sugar cone is reflected, almost too big for the wall and the windows.