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Milagro de la Primavera (Miracle of Spring)

Item Code: MW-milagro-u
Letter carving
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Base price $2,007
Wych-elm branch, acrylic paint, base from an old slate fence.

The Text is from "A uno ulmo seco" (To a dry elm-tree) by Antonio Machado.

The wood is a branch of wych-elm, cut from a dead tree whose roots had collapsed into the Menai Strait. Because the piece is fixed to its base and the branches are rather slender, I had to design an alphabet with no ascenders and descenders so that the words could be read fairly easily. I first came across this quotation in a scientific book, Elm by R. H. Richens. The words are from the poem A un olmo seco (To a dry elm-tree) by Antonio Machado. An approximate translation would be: My heart expects also, towards the life and towards the light, another miracle of spring'.

87 x 113 x 18.5 cm.
Martin Wenham PortraitBorn in 1941, Wenham’s interest in lettering was stimulated at an early age. At university Wenham read botany and forestry, his artistic propensity aiding with precise observational drawing. Throughout this time an interest in pen-lettering persisted and after a research colleague requested a carved house-name in wood Wenham approached the professional carver Harry Spring, who showed him the basic technique of letter-cutting.

After a year Wenham left research and for the next 23 years taught in secondary, primary and special schools, with 9 years’ lecturing at the University of Leicester. He first exhibited his letter-cutting work in 1982; since 1984 it has been shown in the major British exhibitions of lettering arts. Wenham’s work is held in the Crafts Council’s Permanent Collection and in private collections in Britain, the USA, Germany, Japan and Puerto Rico.
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