The story began over 120 years ago, when, in an autumn storm of 1884, the French sailing ship Le Tage crashed into the rocks near Ulmale. It was on its way from Haiti to Liepaja, and it was loaded with Brazilian redwood, intended for the palace of the Russian tsar. Instead of reaching its destination, the iron-like wood sank to the bottom of the Baltic sea, where it is patiently rolling to this day. Inspired by the red “blood” color of brazilwood, I decided to find a way to animate the colors hidden within the brazilwood on canvas, and photographer Maris Locmelis captured the short moments when the wooden chips were tinting water, turning it deep red, and “the blood” of the brazilwood had not yet cooled.
This is the first part of the Brazilwood story. The part where the brazilwood cargo arrives in Liepaja, 120 years late, and shows its color at the concert hall Great Amber. Nobody knows how many logs of brazilwood are still waiting to emerge ashore, but it is clear that the red wood will inspire many more, and the story will continue.

View from the exposition, concert hall “Lielais Dzintars“
“Halley Comet”, 130x305, fragment
“Halley comet“, 130x305, canvas, dyed with Brasilwood, natural pigments
“Halley Comet”, 130x305, process
View from the exposition - Brasilwood, founded in Sārnate seashore, concert hall “Lielais Dzintars”
View from the exposition - the largest Brasilwood pieces found so far, concert hall “Lielais Dzintars“
View from the exposition, concert hall “Lielais Dzintars“
“Eclipse“, 125x195, canvas, dyed with Brasilwood, natural pigments
View from the exposition - initial process for obtaining Brasilwood scobs, concert hall “Lielais Dzintars
“Falling Shadows“, 48x88, canvas, dyed with Brasilwood, natural pigments
“Into the Depth”, 115x170, canvas, dyed with Brasilwood, natural pigments
View from the exposition, concert hall “Lielais Dzintars“
“Lightnings and Thunders“, 110x230, canvas, dyed with Brasilwood, natural pigments
View from the exposition, in the foreground - painting “Stalactites”, concert hall “Lielais Dzintars”
“Stalactites“, 55x115, canvas, dyed with Brasilwood, natural pigments
“Sinking“, 25x25, canvas, dyed with Brasilwood, natural pigments
“Reflection“, 25x25, canvas, dyed with Brasilwood, natural pigments
“Up“, 18x18, canvas, dyed with Brasilwood, natural pigments
View from the exposition - Brasilwood scobs, used in the dyeing process, concert hall “Lielais Dzintars”
View from the exposition, concert hall “Lielais Dzintars“
View from the exposition -  rods for fabric dyeing and tows, painted in Brazilian wood, concert hall “Lielais Dzintars”
View from the exposition - work process: color samples and photo evidence, concert hall “Lielais Dzintars”
View from the exposition - clothes of Kurzeme people, different stages and functions, 20th century, dyed with Brasilwood
View from the exposition, in the foreground - clothes of Kurzeme people of the 20th century, dyed with Brasilwood
View from the exposition, concert hall “Lielais Dzintars“
View from the exposition, in the foreground a photo by Maris Ločmelis, concert hall “Lielais Dzintars“
Process - drying of Brasilwood  dyed canvas, Sārnate
Process - Brasilwood dyed Kurzeme woman's suspenders, 20th century 70s, Sārnate
Process - clothes and tablecloths dyed in Brasilwood scobs, 20th century 70s, Sārnate
Process - Kurzeme  sheep’s wool, soaking and washing, Sārnate
Process - Kurzeme sheep’s wool after dyeing, Sārnate
Process - Brasilwood concentrate tinted hand, Sārnate
Process - the bottom of the boiler after dyeing in Brasilwood scobs, Sārnate
Process - Brasilwood scobs, Sārnate
Process - freshly poured Brasilwood scobs, Sārnate
Process - Brasilwood dyed canvas are ready for painting, Sārnate
Process - freshly dyed fabric put out to dry, Sārnate
Process - Brasilwood  just found on the seashore is taken home, Sārnate
Process - newly discovered  Brasilwood
Process - the first purple tone of the canvas sample that succeeded, Sārnate
Process - improvised photo studio by Māris Ločmelis for making close-up photos of Brasilwood concentrate, Sārnate
Process - Brasilwood colored hands by photographer Māris Ločmelis, Sārnate
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