It's the third of its kind and has been on the road for around three years: project initiator, Rainer Helm's Glass Ark. The five-metre long installation comes with a message that couldn't be more current. The Glass Ark wants to make the viewer aware of the fragility of nature and the human responsibility that goes with it.
Supporting Programme by the Natural History Museum
In association with the Ark, the Natural History Museum in Leipzig has developed a supporting programme which focuses on the subject of "biodiversity" once a month. The Glass Ark can be viewed in the northern part of Thomaskirchhof from 20 September until the Day of Repentance and Prayer 2019 (20 November 2019).
About the work of art
Rainer Helms, the 2nd chairperson of the "Mittleres Elstertal" Landscape Preservation Society e.V, initiated and organised the artwork's journey. For the design of the ark, which appears to be slipping out of an impressive wooden hand, Helms was able to get the glass artist Ronald Fischer and his colleagues Stefan Stangl, Jo Joachimsthaler and Alexander Wallner on board. Production of the hand was carried out by the wood artists Christian Schmidt and Sergiy Dyschlevyy.