The two birds, one black, one white, apparently flying in opposite directions, are designs taken from brooches made by Mr M G Greenacre, engineer at Barrett’s Laundry, Kings Lynn, nearly one hundred years ago. He fashioned them out of the wreckage of the German Zeppelin L48, which was shot down over Therberton, Suffolk, on 16th June 1917, killing 16 crew. The brooches and remnant fragment of the downed Zeppelin can be found in Kings Lynn museum. I cannot say of course what was in Greenacre's mind as he made the brooches, but I feel that his art is hopeful. My own sense, almost a century later, is that the birds represent the risen spirits of those lost on both sides of the conflict, and so I titled the picture ‘Redemption Song’.
This print is pulled from an engraving cut from a sheet of rubber, a variation of letterpress. After removal of areas that are to be left as white paper, the rubber sheet is then rolled up with ink and pressed to paper, producing the print. The technique does not accommodate reprinting, so the edition is forever fixed at 7 copies.
This print will fit straight into a 12 x 10 inch frame.
Black oil based printing ink, Hahnemuhle etching paper 300gsm