Looking Forward…Looking Back

Coin depicting mythological Roman god Janus

Was inspired recently with the theme of an upcoming exhibition at Station Gallery when I stumbled upon a great bit of information about the Roman God Janus and an art installation done in Boston a number of years ago…

The Roman God Janus was a two faced God that was known for “looking forward and looking back” at the same time…it is where we get January from and it could possibly explain why we have New Years resolutions and a reflection of the year behind and the year to come.  He is known as the god of New Beginnings, of gates, and of doorways, bridges, as well as endings in time.

He symbolized both concreate and abstract thinking about the beginnings of the world, god, human life, the historical ages, and also economical undertakings.  I also found it interesting that he was the god of change and transitions where the past progressed into the future, a condition to another or a vision to another…the transition of youth growing up etc.  We often talk about hindesight being 20/20 and this is the god that represented being able to see the past and the future with his two faces…he was worshipped at harvests and plantings, at weddings and funerals, and even where rural places became cities…

It seems so culturally relevant and fitting to have such an interesting character somewhat represent the times we are in, even in my own personal life, the youth that I work with in trying to encourage them into a productive and creative path, a young friend presently travelling in Italy who is so fascinated by gates and doorways and at that transition point in her life from youth to adult, transitions in our economies from industrialized centres to more creative centres…even for Station Gallery who is reflecting on the past 40 years and looking forward to the next…

In finding the project that had been done in larger scale, I am still excitetd to consider undertaking a temporary art installation that could be done on New Year’s Eve in Whitby and displayed later with a “statue” of sorts of a type of Janus and the opportunity to have it as an interactive art piece for others to sign on New Year’s Eve with their reflections and resolutions…I can’t wait to see if the Town agrees that it is a great idea and could be much fun…

History, art, creativity, and making a mark today…all so much fun and so inspiring…

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