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Nældens takvinge, fjerde møde på Galleri F15
(vi hænger i det samme spind)


Aglais Urticae, Fourth Meeting at Galleri F15
(we are Hanging in the Same Web)
Jeløy Naturhus at Galleri F15

Opening hours: 

May 23th to June 18th*. 

Tuesday - Sunday 

13.00 - 17.00 

* except the following days; 26/5, 31/5, 3/6 and 8/6.

 

 

The project Aglais urticae/ Nældens Takvinge (Neslesommerfugl) aims to find paths, hope and kinship between humans and the species living in near proximity to us. Aglais urticae is one of these species; they live everywhere we open up the landscape for nettles to grow and they hibernate in our houses in winter. 

In this project, a few of their caterpillars are collected and cared for as they transform into butterflies. Throughout the transformation the caterpillars and later chrysalises become the main character in a series of art works, public events and local collaborations. 

The project will be carried out on Jeløy, Naturhuset (2nd floor) and can be followed on Instagram; @sarah.sikorie or here at this website - but the best way to follow it is dropping by within the opening hours. 

So come by, have a cup of nettle tea, listen to the caterpillars and write down your hope for the meadow where the caterpillars come from and our common future with the powerful meconium ink. 

Floor plan

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Events: 

 

Foraging feast and finisage:

Saturday June 18th at 18.30
Come and celebrate the end of this years project and enjoy the interesting traces the butterflies left behind. 

Delicious foraged and local food will be served. Last years ink will be given back to the ground as a collective poem made during the opening period. 

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Meconium ink:


The caterpillar needs a lot of water to go smoothly through the chrysalis phase. They acctually would rather have too much than too little - and thats why they normally have a little left to excrete after hatching. Humans call these red drops meconium.
 

In ancient times people thought these red drops found on rocks and in the grass were blood and they called it blood rain. They understood the drops as signs from God. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

It was first in 1608 when the french scientist Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc watched an Aglais urticae hatch and saw the meconium that its relation to the butterfly was understood.


In this project the drops from 2021 are transformed into an ink you will have the possibility to write with. Maybe this ink can turn what is written into reality?

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Follow the project at instagram @sarah.sikorie

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