YEAR IN, YEAR OUT ...
JANUS on Klingental Kirche
JANUARY - named after Janus
Glimmering in golden tones, when seen from afar the weather vane atop the Klingental church appears angel-like. On closer inspection, we see that it has two, rather abstract, faces. Vertically corrugated on one side, it resembles a flag made of fabric. Horizontally corrugated on the other side, this metal weather vane evokes an image of flowing water. The river Rhein is not far.
When we look again, don't we see two different, somewhat deformed, elongated faces?
Sitting atop the Klingental church roof is a public artwork: "Janus" by Jürg Stäuble won the Kunstkredit Basel-Stadt competition in 2010 and was erected one year later.
The monastery church of the Dominican nuns, dating back to the late 13th c., was used after the Reformation as a warehouse, as military barracks and most recently as artists studios.
All photos: D.B.-M. architecture walks and talks