Rise and Fall

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Project by BritBoxmaker posted 08-26-2012 11:17 AM 2641 views 4 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a series of five wall hangings depicting the rise and fall of civilisation. Bottom left is chaos, top right is civilisation. It is up to the viewer to decide where we (humanity) are and in which direction we are heading.

Dimensions – 160mm square x 8mm thick (x5)

Materials – MDF, Black dyed, Birch and Oak Burr veneer

Adhesives – PVA

Finish – Satin Spray Acrylic

The edge between the Oak and the chess board pattern was cut using a scroll saw.

Here are the five closer up

These reside on the opposite wall of the Stairway to Devon (pun intentional) to my other wall hangings.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#1 posted 08-26-2012 11:37 AM

good morning Mr. boxologist..I think you have the timeline is chaos!!! :-) :-) Thanks for sharing this. Very cool concept

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#2 posted 08-26-2012 11:42 AM

Nice design and work. Looks good as shown. Good job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 08-26-2012 11:52 AM

Good job Martyn.
Is that black dyed birch? You really have a nice contrast with the squares.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 08-26-2012 11:56 AM

Yes, Steve, its black dyed Birch.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#5 posted 08-26-2012 12:16 PM

Those are perfect as we have come to expect from you. The other wall hangings are special as well.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 08-26-2012 12:29 PM

You are an artist with wood Martyn.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 08-26-2012 12:47 PM

Well done!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#8 posted 08-26-2012 01:53 PM

Martyn ~ Another very cool wall piece. I love the concept and my mind went immediately to rearranging the squares into different arrangements. You’re stairway is filling out quite nicely!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#9 posted 08-26-2012 02:00 PM

Nice art Martyn. I see the burl as overtaking the order when I view the pictures.
It must take forever for a new guest to climb the stairs at your abode.

-- Mel,

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#10 posted 08-26-2012 02:03 PM

I love how these both tell a story and show off the wood. These are my kind of wall decoration – beautiful and thought provoking. I’d want them a bit larger so everyone would notice and ask!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#11 posted 08-26-2012 02:29 PM

Another nice one. Hopefully, we still have a lot of upside potential on the civilization issue.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#12 posted 08-26-2012 02:59 PM

Wow, Martyn, what an interesting visual concept. To me, it looks like Ultimate Freedom (nothin’ left to lose) on its way to cubicled, regimented constraint. I guess you can tell where my head its. But it’s a show-stopper. I can picture people in your house, or on the stairwell, silenced mid-sentence to really Look, and actually Think. Great job!


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#13 posted 08-26-2012 03:02 PM

It makes me think of the old theme ”Fight the rising (in this case falling) tide of conformity”.
It is an interesting sequence and as all good art leaves the viewer the opportunity to interpret as he / she will.

Nicely done and certainly stimulating for the mind.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#14 posted 08-26-2012 03:06 PM

Well done and very interesting statement from a artistic perspective.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#15 posted 08-26-2012 04:36 PM

its been going downward, the socialist takeover!

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