Maternitree: Sculpture for the New Maternity Wing

“Maternitree”

by

Marika Bordes

 

Detail of Woman 3

Detail of Sculpture

Wood Sculpture

Medium: Bois d’Arc

 

Location:

The Patient Tower

The Guadalupe Regional Medical Center

Seguin, TX

July 2009

 

Detail: Central Woman

Ode to Maternitree

And you woman,

With your fragile appearance

You are not the least of creatures….

You are to the human race,

As the tree is to the earth.

In reincarnating lives,

You perpetuate the sacred,

Balancing creation and tying together

The generations to come.

Authentically, you are

The Genealogical tree

Of the human family, and

The Interlocutor of the Eternal.

Marika Bordes

 


 

Detail of Baby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About “Bois d’Arc”

This amazing wood is hard, durable, elastic and resistant to termites and other insects.  French explorers described the tree, Maclura pomifera, as “bois d’arc” (bow wood) and the settlers called it “bodark.”  Other common names are: Osage orange and horse apple.

Over the centuries, humans have found many uses for this tree:

  • The Osage Indians made powerful bows.
  • The settlers used the wood for fence posts, dye, and house foundations.  In fact, there was a time in Texas, one could not get a loan on a house if the foundation was not made of “bois d’arc”.
  • Osage-orange made life on the prairies possible because Its dense growth provided  living fences and windbreaks.

The wood for Maternitree comes from the ranch land of Dr. John Schwartz of Seguin, Texas.

 

Maternitree and the sculptor

Maternitree and the sculptor

 

To contact Marika

Website: www.marikasculpture.com

Blog:

https://marikaarts.wordpress.com

E-mail: marikasculpture@yahoo.com

 

Photographer: Bil Sullivan

Website: www.bilsullivanphotography.com

 

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