In the Greek mythology Pan was the God of forests and nature. He protected the herds and was therefore worshipped by the shepherds, but sometimes also feared and because of his appearance – goat-footed and horned – he could terrify people. He got especially furious when being disturbed while he was having his period of quiet after lunch (Pan’s hour).
In my paintings the archaic figure of Pan stands for life on earth in accord with an intact nature. That’s why I have portrayed him in the light colours of clear water, clean air and springing up plants. Cheerfully and relaxed, he rests on the warm and fertile ground playing his pipes. He is surrounded by an inconspicuous silvery grey rectangle.
Today we need new and modern protecting spirits taking care of preserving Creation. Especially in the fields of research and technology great things can be achieved. The fine line around Pan symbolizes this protective function. Life on earth and earth itself are preserved inconspicuously and very effectively from the white and glaring nothingness.
HOBART has produced innovative products which are revolutionary, especially in the fields of energy efficiency, water- and climate protection. Hardly discernible to the quick eye, like the grey rectangle in my painting, these technical achievements serve us very well.
My Pan is meant to be the force behind HOBART’S efforts to give people comfort and at the same time to protect nature and environment sustain ably. As long as Pan plays his pipes in a relaxed way nature and man are fine, and Pan shall not frighten us.