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Between Dog and Wolf-entre chien et loup

between dog and wolf headWhen 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. 

joe fafard between dog and wolfBetween 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. 

between dog and wolf st. bonifaceOne 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.

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A Sculpture Garden Stroll in Winnipeg’s French Quarter

front door ash down warehouseOn Wednesday my visitors Meena and Beena and I set off on a stroll through St. Boniface which is the French Quarter of Winnipeg. First Beena and I posed for a photo outside the Ashdown Warehouse where Dave and I live.selkirk settlers Meena and BeenaWe paused for another photo at the end of our street beside the sculpture of the Selkirk Settlers. I love this piece with the mother cradling her baby and looking back at her home in Scotland which she will never see again. The kilted father and son stride forward with confidence and determination towards their new home in Canada, the father’s guiding hand resting gently on his son’s back. human rights museumAs we crossed the Provencher Bridge we took a photo with Winnipeg’s New Human Rights Museum in the background. It doesn’t open till September so Meena and Beena will have to come back for another visit to Winnipeg so we can go on a tour. Michel de Broin’s sculpture Monument in the Jardin de sculptures de la Maison

We strolled down the streets of St. Boniface and Meena and Beena were surprised to see that all the buildings and street signs were labeled in French.  Our destination today was the Jardin de sculptures de la Maison.  Here Beena poses with Monument by Michel de Broin. It was inspired by the painting  les amoureux with two veiled lovers kissing by Rene Magritte.

le promise sculpture garden st. boniface La Promise by Madeleine Vrignon explores how marriage impacts the lives of women. Does it offer them security and personal fulfillment or tie them down and imprison them?between dog and wolf st. boniface sculpture gardenI introduced Meena and Beena to Joe Fafard’s sculpture entre chien et loup or Between Dog and Wolf.  The phrase entre chien et loupe 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. entre chien et loup st. boniface sculpture garden

The phrase entre chien et loup can also be used less literally 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. curiosites by francis montillaudI was excited to see that a new sculpture called Curiosities by Montreal artist Francis Montillaud had been added to the garden since my last visit. 

Unfortunately we had to head home after our quick tour of the garden since I had a luncheon to attend. I’d love to take Meena and Beena back to St.Boniface to visit Fort Gibraltar , my favorite coffee shop Cafe Postal and the Promenade Restaurant Dave and I tried recently. 

Meena and Beena will just have to make another visit to Winnipeg. 

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