The Tinderbox Children's Culture House

01 February 2005 - 31 December 2005 , Exhibition (including permanent)
Denmark - Odense

The Tinderbox Children's Culture House in Odense will host two Japanese projects in celebration of the Hans Christian Andersen bicentenary in 2005

Hearts of Andersen is a heart-shaped fairytale installation that sends children (and grownups) on an enchanted journey into the life and fairytales of Hans Christian Andersen (The Snow Queen, The Fur Tree, The Sweethearts and The Steadfast Tin Soldier). The installation reflects the juxtapositions that we often meet in Andersen's fairytales - raw nature in contrast to refined culture, fire and heat in contrast to cold, and dirtiness in contrast to cleanness.

Throughout his childhood, youth and adult life, Hans Christian Andersen was surrounded by benevolent, evil, cold and warm-hearted people, and Thomas Wolsing, the artist behind the installation comments:

"A heart is exposed to a lot of hardship, but no matter where we are in life, we carry our heart and are subject to constant transformation."

Hearts of Andersen features an artistic space with room for transformation. Here children and adults alike equipped with a small hart-shaped box can embark on a journey of discovery into Andersen's fairytales, as well as their own life.

They can experience live storytelling performance of Andersen's magnificent fairytale The Snow Queen and challenge their own creativity by painting fairytales illustrations and by being dressed up as Andersen fairytale characters.

The Tinderbox Children's Culture House will feature the art installation in association with the twinned city of the town of Odense, Funabashi in Japan, where it will be on display from April 2005 at the Andersen Park in addition to the staging of Thumbelina with stage set design by Frands Christiansen.


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