Andro Vid Mihičić – poetry in English

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andro_vid_mihicic_youngAndro Vid Mihičić was born in the idyllic village of Beli on the island of Cres on 26th March 1896. He was an art historian, professor and poet. At an early age he enjoyed nature and philosophy. He was educated in Paris as a Franciscan Tertiary Friar and there he graduated from the Faculty of Art History at La Sorbonne. During the Second World War he joined the anti-fascist movement as a military chaplain. In 1944 he left the Franciscan Order. After the war he was chosen as professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. He only began to publish his poems when he was 92.

Here are some excerpts from his beautiful short poems, translated from the original Croatian into English, which accompany the sculptures of Ljubo de Karina on the trails in the forests of Tramuntana on the northern part of the island of Cres.

Testament
I have no sons, no grandsons.
To whom shall I leave my poem and my dream
and the great wings of foreboding
which in infinity flap?
To you, my people!
From you I sprang,
through you I return to immortality
so I flow through the underground again
with the flowers in the fields I blossom
and build stalactites underground
for a temple of beauty and dreams.
All to you and only to you,
my Croatian people.

beli alleyWhen I arrived in Beli
it was dark.
Stables full of dying sounds.
Gorges and glens full of ghosts and spectres,
the sea full of stars
and the sky,
full of deep secrets
and an infinite blueness.

beli flowerHave you ever heard flowers talking at night?
Around us everything is full of secrets.
Even in a rock life is hidden
– nothing is dead.

 

 

life in a rockLife is also hidden in a rock,
dreamt of, but it’s there.
Hit it, you’ll hear its heart beating.

 

 

beli ruined houseWhat are you looking for – a flower asks me –
In the mist in front of the ruined houses
In the darkness even trees pray.
Talk to me, wind, about the sun
On the field.

 

beli pathNature cleanses the man,
It fills him with power of the mind,
instinct and the forces of life,
And reveals a secret of modesty.

 

 

beli cliff viewOn the cliff near my village
griffons build nests
into the sky they dive
they circle
they rise up
and defy the storms.

*****

His poetry accompanies the sculptures of Ljubo de Karina on the eco-trails in the forests of Tramuntana on the northern part of the island of Cres.

Ljubo-de-Karina-montageHe died on 26th January 1992 in Mali Lošinj.

Andro Vid Mihičić - picture from Tramuntana guide book, published by Eko Centar Caput Insulae 2007

Andro Vid Mihičić – picture from Tramuntana guide book, published by Eko Centar Caput Insulae 2007

Andro_vid_mihicic_bustA bust of Andro Vid Mihičić is placed on the side of the parish church in Beli in his honour.

Beli - the idyllic hilltop village on the island of Cres where Mihičić was born.

Beli – the idyllic hilltop village on the island of Cres where Mihičić was born.

Eco active holidays on the island of Cres – video

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Experience the beauty and heritage of the Croatian islands of Cres and Lošinj.
Recover from the stress of modern life by living a traditional way of life and activities on the islands. Would you like to be islanders for a couple of days and get to know the life of the people who live here? We offer activities such as: shepherding, olive picking, fishing, hiking, walking and dry stone walling, or explore the islands on mountain bikes.

Visit Secrets of Cres / Tajne Cresa: http://www.tajnecresa.com/indexENG.html

Eko-centar Caput Insulae entrance tickets – design

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Graphic design of entrance tickets for the interpretation centre at Eko-centar Caput Insulae Beli on the island of Cres. This was a complex piece of design work involving perfing, consecutive security in-line numbering with overall and spot UV lamination.

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Griffon vultures of Cres comic strip

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From the original black and white pen drawings by artist Roberto Guglielmi and text by author Vesna Radek I prepared this lovely comic strip children’s guide to the life cycle of the Eurasian Griffon (white headed griffon, bjeloglavi sup, Gyps fulvus).

Firstly I had to scan every single original black and white line drawing, clean them and then choose a colour scheme for the whole book which I then used to colourize every part of each image. Next I had to add the speech bubbles using the author’s text. This was a very exhausting and time consuming piece of work. The Croatian language version was printed and published. I also translated text into English but this version was not printed, nevertheless you can view copy of this version below.
The final booklet is a real labour of love.

This project was produced for Eko-centar Caput-Insulae Beli, on the island of Cres –  www.supovi.hr

Here are two pages from the book.

griffon vulture comic stripOne of Roberto Guglielmi’s original black and white pen drawings.

Here is the English language version in full, which I translated but was never published.

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Labyrinths of Tramuntana – book design, translation

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An excellent visitor’s guide to the labyrinths which have been laid in the forests of Tramuntana – the northern most area of the island of Cres, Croatia.

Translation and designed by myself and printed in Croatian and English languages.

Produced for Eko-centar Caput Insulae – Beli: www.supovi.hr

 

‘Bioraznolikost kroz lokve otoka Cresa’ – book design

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Graphic design of this unique book about the biodiversity of the island of Cres.
This book details every known plant and animal species of the island. Superbly illustrated with in depth information about the island’s ponds and lakes. It is a labour of love by the authors.

Produced for Eko-centar Caput Insulae – Beli: www.supovi.hr