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Mayan Inspired Wood Sculpture from Central America, 'Planting the Seed of Knowledge'

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Mayan Inspired Wood Sculpture from Central America, 'Planting the Seed of Knowledge'

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This sculpture, comprised of moveable sections, is intricately hand carved from palo blanco wood and takes the shape of the Maya seed of knowledge called 'simiente'. Juan Ramon Flores of Central America says of his creation that its purpose is "sharing our cultural roots" with the world. With its carved nahuales and numerals from the Maya Calendar topped by a representation of the sun, this sculpture is an artful ambassador for the ancient Central American culture.

Made in Guatemala

  • Palo blanco wood
  • Signed by the artist
  • Each artwork is unique -- wood grain, color, and pattern will differ slightly from picture
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  • 0.39 kgs
  • 0.8 lbs
  • 15.7 cm H x 10 cm Diam.
  • 6.25" H x 3.9" Diam.
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Juan Ramon Flores

Meet the Artist

Artfully crafted by Juan Ramon Flores from Central America.

 

Meet the Artist

Juan Ramon Flores

Juan Ramon Flores

"What I love most about working with wood is that it allows me to convey all that I have in mind. Wood is such a noble material that it gives you the freedom to create whatever you want."

"I'm a friendly, honest and honorable Guatemalan artisan born to a lovely family who encouraged my interest in the arts.... I've always enjoyed working with wood, as a kid in school it was my favorite craft. To me, every school project was an opportunity to work with wood, and I always delivered a good quality presentable piece. I loved spending hours thinking about the design and how to make it.

"This passion continued when I studied architecture, especially when planning the models. I whiled away the hours thinking of the design and the materials. Can you guess which one was my favorite? Yes of course, wood!

"The end result would be so beautiful, with such exact measurements, that even my professors praised my work.

"Why do I tell you all of this? Well, because that's how I came to realize that wood and I have always gotten along really well. I believe it is innate in me. I've always been attracted to wood crafts and to experimenting with new techniques. I've learned so much about working with wood, that it offers me a way of expressing my feelings and ideas.

"What I love most about working with wood is that it allows me to convey all that I have in mind. Wood is such a noble material that it gives you the freedom to create whatever you want. The most challenging part is to get the wood's natural glow to come through – it's not all about sanding and varnishing. It's about coaxing the wood to share its charm.

"I have learned through time that not all types of wood work with everything and so through experimenting and trial and error, I have come to know about the different types of wood, their characteristics, and their goodness. Now I know what I can do with each type of wood.

"Talking with other artisans has also taught me a lot, as well as the people at the sawmills where I purchase the wood. The information is always out there if you're truly interested in learning.

"Most of my inspiration comes from the Maya culture and I try to use wood as a medium to convey the greatness of the Maya and their relevance. It's so important for humanity to know about the Mayas, their charm, their discoveries and their mysteries!

"My dream for the future includes having a well-equipped workshop so I can make many artesanĂ­as. My hope is that through Novica I'll be able to achieve another of my dreams: sharing my work with people around the world.

"Working by yourself can be challenging and yet at the same time it motivates me to achieve the goals I have set for myself, go after my dreams and above all, it allows me to do what I love to do most."

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