American Heroes 251 | Houston Llew Spiritile
"Never was so much owed to so many by so few."
- Winston Churchill
This Spiritile is dedicated to those who selflessly serve on the front lines; to the nurses, doctors and healthcare workers, to the military men and women who keep us safe, to the first responders, fire fighters, police officers and EMS, to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country and to the many other American Heroes among us who are doing their part to support our Great Nation. We appreciate you and we thank you!
This piece is a somewhat modern yet timeless enameled interpretation of Childe Hassam’s 1917 painting “Avenue in the Rain.” The original painting is in the permanent art collection of the White House and has graced the Oval Office over several recent presidencies. It is one of Houston's favorite patriotic pieces ever created.
To honor those who continue to serve and to further their legacy, Houston Llew is donating a portion of the proceeds from each American Heroes Spiritile sold from now until Labor Day to the Gary Sinise Foundation. During this public health crisis the Gary Sinise Foundation Emergency COVID-19 Combat Service is providing grants to first responders in need of personal protective equipment, financial assistance to healthcare professionals, service members, veterans, first responders, and their families who have been impacted.
Each American Heroes 251 Spiritile purchased from now through Labor Day 2020 will have a special 'thank you' message from Houston sealed on the reverse side.
- special release summer 2020
- 8.5 x 5.5 x 2"
- glass enamel on copper, formed around a wood core
Every Spiritile is made painstakingly by hand in Houston Llew's studio in Atlanta, Georgia. The glass is applied to one side of the metal using stencils and relying on precise layering with hand sifters. The piece is only fired once. After firing, a pin is rolled over the enameled metal to form intentional crazing marks in the glass. Although it goes against the medium's traditional teachings, Houston says this technique creates increased light refraction, particularly in the transparent glass.
Spiritiles can be hung on the wall (they look especially impactful in groups), displayed freestanding, and even withstand high humidity, direct sun and covered outdoor environments (we recommend taking them inside during cold winter weather).