When Spring Comes (B49)

Catalogue Record

Collection

Maker

Title

When Spring Comes

Made in

Coalville

Date

1993

Description

Split log of slightly twisted wood, with incised lettering with a smoothly polished surface. Letting on one side reads: 'All things shall melt away and turn into songs when spring comes'. Letting on the other side reads: 'For the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert'.

Materials and techniques

Holly wood with incised lettering.

Dimensions

length:  73cm
width:  20cm
height:  11cm
Packed Length:  77cm
Packed Width:  44cm
Packed Height:  23cm

Object number

B49

Category

  • When Spring Comes, Martin Wenham, 1993, Crafts Council Collection: B49. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography.

  • When Spring Comes, Martin Wenham, 1993, Crafts Council Collection: B49. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography.

  • When Spring Comes, Martin Wenham, 1993, Crafts Council Collection: B49. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography.

Maker's statement

Texts: "All things...'" is attributed to Kahlil Gibran but exact source untraced. "For in the wilderness...'" Isaiah 35,6. It was the latest in a long line of pieces which use the given form of wood and colour, grain, etc. as a very important base-line in the design process, i.e. the wood isn't a raw material I work on but something I work with - rather like an exploratory conversation. Also a new departure in that it can be hung on its edge on a vertical surface or be mounted horizontally: two sculptures for the price of one! Exhibited in Visions and Revisions Collection Touring Exhibition, closed 1998.