Draeck Coat of Arms (2012)

91 cm W x 115 cm H (35.8" W x 45.1" H)

About the design: Existing old family crest; vectorial design.

The yarns: One day, a good friend of mine asked if I could turn a blurry picture of an old family crest into a large stained glass window. I said yes. Little did I know that I would bring life to a little piece of an adventurous (and controversial today) life. The picture he got from his father was taken in a church in Belgium, where each window displayed the crest of a noble family. Perhaps they were the founders of the church. The Draeck family oversaw the financial affairs of the Netherlands, what is now commonly referred to as a “Bank” which at that time comprised of an area that is now known as Netherlands, and Belgium). One of its forefathers, Sir Francis Draeck (pronounced Drake), born in 1540 in Tavistock, UK, was the most prominent figure of the Draeck family line. He made one of the first English slaving voyages bringing African slaves to work in the ‘New World.’ Conflicts with Spanish squadrons during his expeditions made him their lifelong enemy. They considered him a pirate. Francis Draeck carried out the second circumnavigation of the world in a single expedition, from 1577 to 1580. With his excursion into the Pacific, he inaugurated an era of privateering and piracy on the Western coast of the Americas — an area that had previously been free of piracy. Cartagenians still remember the severe damage to their cathedral following his attack and losing the bells to his cannons. Queen Elizabeth I of England awarded Drake with knighthood in 1581. He was second-in-command of the English fleet against the Spanish Armada in 1588. He died of dysentery in January of 1596 after unsuccessfully attacking San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Information provided by Mr. Pittoors Sr., bbc.co.uk/history, wikipedia.org, and Gabriel García Márquez - “Living to Tell the Tale”).

Execution: Copper foil technique; zinc cames; black patina.

Installation: Sturdy wooden framing with heavy-duty eye screws for hanging.

Light play: -

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