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Welcome to CWIC

(the Old English word for LIFE)

About CWIC’s art

The art that graces the pages of CWIC is that of gifted naturalist, Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919) who unlocked a universe of natural wonders surpassing anything a human artist could imagine at the time.

Haeckel’s plates are packed with parts and particles of nature that variously resemble ancient armor, baroque vases, ornamented chandeliers and soup tureens.

He gives us a world in which nothing has been left blank, convincing us that, no matter how astonishing we think our cultural productions are – our houses, paintings, poems and symphonies – we only imitate what nature has been doing all along. Enjoy!

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