Medium: Bois d’Arc
The Patient Tower
The Guadalupe Regional Medical Center
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.
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.
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Photographer: Bil Sullivan