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The Widening Gyre by Tessa Beaver

The Widening Gyre by Tessa Beaver
Accession Code: wu0804
Title: The Widening Gyre
Date completed: 1987
Medium: Prints
Location Name: Picture Store
Location Description:


This etching and the one on the following page were produced partly in response to the desolation Tessa Beaver felt on learning that a house she had formerly occupied in Leamington had been demolished. The house was built in 1951 by the distinguished architect Hidalgo Moya; it had Californian and Japanese overtones and was designed around a large, spreading cherry tree. The house, the tree and other beautiful shrubs on the site were removed by developers to make way for a small block of flats. The two etchings reflect the artist's feelings about this, the titles being taken from a poem by WB Yeats 'The Second Coming':

"Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer.
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold,
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world."

This work was bought for the collection in 2002 by the Friends of the Mead.