Davor Polutnik

"Good Dolphin"
“Lesa” 
"Message in bottle"
Good dolphin
- a picture made of stone, wood and other natural materials. It is a well-known fact that a community of good dolphins lives in the sea surrounding the islands of Cres and Lošinj. Today, those dolphins are one of the most studied groups in the entire Mediterranean.  
The Good Dolphin picture is a reminder for the guests and residents of the islands of Cres and Lošinj of the need to preserve the dolphin community and their uniqueness. It is also a memento of the island that commemorates the Dolphin Day. It can also serve for educational purposes because it invokes the desire in many people to learn more and discover the world of dolphins and the Island of Lošinj. 

“Lesa”
– a picture made of stone, wood and rope. Wooden “lesa”, or a gate – a wooden lattice door in a drystone wall. Making “lesas” is a strictly male job. In order to prepare a quality “lesa” that would last for decades, it is important to know how to select the right spruce. The knowledge of how to make a good and sturdy “lesa” has been passed from generation to generation by observing the preparation and actively participating in it. At the age of around fifteen, boys would start helping with the preparation of the necessary wood and making “lesas”. Every sheep farmer had to know how to make a “lesa”. Wooden “lesas” are still being made. However, more and more often, worn and deteriorating “lesas” are being replaced with new iron and net “lesas”, improvised wooden pallets and similar. The “lesa” picture wants to rescue the antique wooden “lesa” from oblivion, teach the island guests what they were and what they were used for and help with their preservations by doing so.

The pictures were made using natural materials found in nature, sea driftwood, stone.
Souvenir price: approx. HRK 210.00

"Message in bottle"
“Message in a Bottle” – Lošinj’s sailors have crossed all seas and oceans, they even sailed the globe in the 15th century, and its captains were well-known and sought-after in the 18th and 19th centuries. Lošinj had two admirals, people with the highest state awards, those who travelled the world. The stories of Lošinj captains are also life stories. Their families, wives and children waited for them to return from faraway lands. “Message in a Bottle” symbolizes the connection and love shown by the sailors’ wives in their support of Lošinj’s captains because – living is optional, but sailing is not.

“Houseleek” - The connection between humans and houseleek (also known as sempervivum) comes from ancient times, when houseleeks used to be grown on the roofs of houses due to the belief that they ward off lightning strikes, witches and diseases. The houseleek plays a particularly interesting part in history. The 9th century text “Capitulare de Vilis”, which talks about the governance of royal estates and was most likely composed by Charlemagne or his son Louis the Pious, lists 72 plants the cultivation of which was obligatory. The final provisions of the text state: “...  And the gardener shall have house-leeks growing on his house.” According to the beliefs of those times, houseleeks protected the home from lightning strikes. One thousand years later you can still find this particular plant, with its beautiful leaf rosette, growing on the roofs of some farmers’ houses.

Retail locations: 
Atelier in Sveti Jakov, Sveti Jakov 13
At a booth at the square in Osor, during the summer months 
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