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Hamil­ton Town­ship: Jeff Asper’s hol­i­day tra­di­tion is build­ing an eerie sculp­ture based on folk­lore from other coun­tries and dis­play­ing it on his front yard. Out front now is Kram­pus, a horned Christ­mas devil; Jo­lakot­turinn, a gi­ant Ice­landic Yule cat; and this year’s in­stal­la­tion, a Ger­man Christ­mas witch, Frau Per­chta. As le­gend has it, Frau Per­chta would roam the coun­try­side for the 12 days lead­ing up to Christ­mas. She’d leave a sil­ver coin to nice chil­dren. But for the naughty, she’d cut open their bel­lies and re­place all their or­gans with straw and peb­bles. Asper uses only re­pur­posed or re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als to make his un­set­tling sculp­tures.


Frau Per­chta is a Ger­man Christ­mas witch.

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