(cups and drawings)
The "Sykomoros" (Greek language) or Ficus sycomorus (botanical name), also called the mulberry fig tree or the pharaoh‘s fig, symbolises in the Egyptian mythology the tree of life, out of which fruit a milky substance flows, the essence of life.
6 of 14 drawings of the catalogue SY KO MO ROS
(Collection S., Neu-Ulm, Germany)
© Leo Brunschwiler
Compositions by Leo Brunschwiler
Text: Dr. Peter Röllin, Historian of Art
The spontaneous colour drawings of Leo Brunschwiler are almost nothing and at the same time they are almost everything, like on the one hand the volatility, and on the other hand the concentrated strenght of flavours and extracts. Like the musician‘s daily playing on the violin, here too, the changes of the images create exciting improvisations on a theme, the theme of the miraculous fruit and its ethereal qualities. Under the artist‘s hand, SY KO MO ROS swarms out and is then gathered up again, in new arrangements in the form of pollen, blossoms, fruits, stars and seeds. There are movements, gatherings, centrings, concentrations, affinities, scatterings, separations and other constellations. On the one cup, blood-red weighting and swarming shine out at us, floating ripeness and gravity on the second, and a beguiling variety of new structures on the third and the fourth. Energies are beamed together, gain momentum and are then drawn in again. The world of the fig of the pharaohs and its flavours as a firmament of planets and stars? In the amorphous and organic compositions, growth processes, manifestations and spatial shifts are opened up. The sequence of letters and the word SY KO MO ROS, the tree of life, determine the number of cups, the line and form of the drawing and the strength of the colours. With the fantastic artistic realisations around the four cups inevitably give us the simultaneous pleasures of sight and taste. And something more: With the distribution of this set of cups, Leo Brunschwiler for the first time achieves a world-wide „exhibition" of his work. His artistic „scores" not only accompany a product and its cup, but in this brilliant series they impart life and sensuality. A truly creative achievement!
Design Collection of the
Museum of Design Zurich Switzerland
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© Leo Brunschwiler