For years I wanted to put together driftwood and drift seed wall collages. Finally, in 2015, I decided to jump right in and do it. I have been having a lot of fun going with my flow.
This is the first wall sculpture I made. It has been sold to a good friend. It is one of my favorites.
Seeds: Sea Heart, Guanacaste Tree Seed, Mary’s Bean, Ox Eye, and shells from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
Invitation: Keep Falling Into Your Heart. Seek connection. Love one another.
Here’s a note on Mary’s Bean (top right) from Waynesword.com:
“Unlike the true sea beans, the Mary’s bean is produced by a beach vine of the morning-glory family (Convolvulaceae). The vine is native to beaches of Central America, and the seeds occasionally drift ashore on beaches of southern Florida. In northern Europe the Mary’s bean was a special find to pious beachcombers. The seed had obviously survived the ocean and would extend its protection to anyone lucky enough to own one. It is also called crucifixion bean because of the cross etched on one side. A woman in labor was assured an easy delivery if she clenched a Mary’s bean in her hand. Seeds were handed down from mother to daughter as treasured keepsakes. The Mary’s bean is also one of the most elusive of all drift seeds.”
I have had the center, spiky, elongated pod for years. I love. It is a Pithecoctenium crucigerum, also known as “monkey comb.” I wish I could find more of these.
Hanging pods: Royal Poinciana (Delonix regia) – Known as Woman’s Tongue (Malinche Tree);
Sea Heart (Entada giga)
Ox Eye; Almond Seeds
Prioria Copafeira (hanging in center)
Invitation: Let your heart be your guide. Seek balance. Hang loose.
WESTERN DIRECTION –
This is the third one I made. The bottom dark piece of driftwood is lovely. It has an indigenous feel to me.
Unusual “Monkey Comb” (Apeiba aspera)
Mary’s Bean (crucifixion bean) (Merremia discoidesperma)
Two lovely small black seeds (Oxyrhynchus trinervias)
Guanacaste Tree seed