Installed in 2005 during “Zum Wasser—ins Licht”, Kunst im Stadtraum Wismar. (To the Sea—into the Light, Art in Urban Space in Wismar).
Luminous red neon text spelling “Milch & Honig” in back-to-front letters, mounted vertically one underneath the other on a frame construction, is installed on the exterior brick wall of the 1935 Ohlerich warehouse in the old city harbour of Wismar. The neon text illuminates the quay and the harbour basin. Despite the inversion, the red light message remains legible: “Milch & Honig”. These words refer to God’s promise in the Old Testament to give the Israelites a land flowing with milk and honey. They also invoke the utopian land of Hans Sachs (1530), as well as the famous “Accurata Utopia Tabula” map by Johann Baptist Homann (c. 1700). They provide a link to the economic location of Wismar, the old Hanseatic city and its changeable history. The neon text “Milch & Honig” is a metaphor for contentment and happiness and promises prosperity. This is even more poignant fixed to a building that, as one of the four large warehouses in the port of Wismar, represents the former wealth of the honourable Hanseatic city. Furthermore this associates “Milch & Honig” with the prospect of a better, maybe even utopian future. But at the same time the typographic inversion of the letters casts doubt upon this promise.