When have you been between dog and wolf? This eerie, see-through sculpture titled Between Dog and Wolf is in the St. Boniface Sculpture Garden on Provencher Boulevard in Winnipeg. Unveiled May 26, 2011 Between Dog and Wolf is by Canadian artist Joe Fafard.
Between dog and wolf in French is entre chien et loup. The expression first became popular in the 13th century and describes a time of day in the morning or evening when the dim light makes it impossible to distinguish between a dog and a wolf. Fafard has made his sculpture look ghostly. I kept trying to focus my camera to get a better shot because my photos seemed a little blurry. If you look closely at the empty cut out spaces in the piece, you can see all kinds of silhouettes–a church steeple, a man’s face, a woman carrying a basket, angels, birds, a cocoon and tree branches. I’m sure each viewer can pick out their own unique images.
One translator says the phrase entre chien et loup can also be used to express the sometimes blurry line between the safe and familiar and the unknown and dangerous, between the domestic and the wild. It expresses the uncertainty between hope and fear. Living in a entre chien et loup kind of space at least some of the time, whether by necessity or choice, might not be comfortable but it makes life more interesting. I wonder if we don’t learn the most when we are in entre chien et loup situations and places.