The idea, the philosophy and the name FloralWonderWorld, which initially came to me for our cooperative animation project, the individual puzzle pieces all slowly came together step by step as if by themselves.
The association with the board game Wonder Garden only came about when I realized that I was creating a cooperative garden here, and I have probably associated the term cooperation symbolically with such a magic garden since early childhood.
At the beginning of the project, it was especially important to me that in this first imagined and then animated world, behind the numerous inhabitants, we can recognize very different values than most people currently live and experience in their 3D world.
So, with this project we can show creatively and playfully an alternative how life in a perhaps not so distant world can proceed and develop in a harmonious and evolution-affirming way.
The underlying 21 themes of the project are qualities and values of life that our subtle energy centers (chakras) want to convey to us. If we open ourselves inwardly, we can tune into these values, because they belong to the basic equipment of every human being.
In what style do we show such a world? What pictorial theme is big enough to symbolically represent all these 21 positive life values and qualities so that unconsciously everyone can understand it, no matter what languages they have learned?
In how many different colors can we represent all these values? Yes, and that’s when the beauty and diversity of flowers came to mind as the perfect universal image.
With flowers, even strictly rational people should be able to open up a bit.
In the FloralWonderWorld (now: in the LICHTWELTEN or light worlds) there are many flowers. Living flowers. They breathe, they live, they move. They even communicate.
Stories like Harry Potter, Avatar, Narnia, or the brilliant Lord of the Rings, they all take place in a very different world, with sometimes completely different laws.
Something like that fascinates us, deep inside. There is a secret magic in such stories. Perhaps because we can secretly guess that there are many other planets and worlds and dimensions?
Our inner sense for everything magical also comes from this distant memory. In our dreams we get a refresher course every night, because there we can perceive and experience enchanting things that would not be possible in our material world.
Besides, with the opening for everything mystical and wonderful and magic, I wanted to open all doors of creativity to this project. Some animation artists already find it an outrageous obstruction when I take away their violent fantasies in this cooperative art project!
Yet it is often precisely such a restriction, in this case to 21 positive life values, that awakens the greatest possible creativity. It is also certainly no wonder that this art project comes into being in the middle of politically and socially difficult times.
Miracles can be created together, that would also be a message of the project. I write and create and design, preparing fertile ground for a light-filled floral wonderland…
Creating worlds, that’s what I loved already as a child, for example in my own stories, a model railroad landscape or my own fantasy role-playing fanzine. As an adult I continued to build, with LICHTWELT (light world), I created an educational computer game for children and again later I led in about a hundred guided meditations through imagined worlds. So I have always been a world builder.
All these inner thoughts and feelings came together in me at once…. And so the name FloralWonderWorld was born, but shortly thereafter I changed it to LICHTWELTEN. I may tell this story another time.