Donovan Farms Sign

“LIGHT-ENCHANTED SUNFLOWER, thou who gazest ever true and tender on the sun’s revolving splendour.” Pedro Calderon de la Barca

The well-loved sunflower has been a popular image for as long as people have painted and written, and with good reason. Its bright cheery colors and bold form capture the imagination. From the Greek ‘helios’ (sun) and ‘hanthos’ (flower), its Latin name ‘Helianthus’ is derived. This genus comprises about 52 species and all are native to North America, making it one of the few crop species that originated there. With a long history of association with people, it was probably domesticated around 3,000 years ago by the native Americans for food production. Lewis and Clark wrote in their journals about the Plains Indians use of sunflowers. Early European explorers then brought it back to the old world where it was soon cultivated, after seeing it growing in places as far-flung as southern Canada to Mexico.

Sunflowers have been immortalized in paintings by Van Gogh, and have come to be strongly connected to him through has famous work. Interesting to note his comments in a letter to his brother Theo in 1888, “I am hard at it, painting with the enthusiasm of a Marseillais eating bouillabaisse, which won’t surprise you when you know that what I’m at is the painting of some sunflowers.”

The folks at Donovan Farms, in Framingham, Massachusetts, must have felt the same way about sunflowers, since they chose this artwork from among hundreds of choices on Danthonia’s sign designer. The flowers were hand sculpted and painted, while the letters were hand carved and gilded with 23kt gold.

Carved & Gilded
Sculpted & Painted Add on
Sign Size
35 " x 23 "
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