PlantTherapy: Europe's Modern Botanical Sculptors

PlantTherapy: Europe's Modern Botanical Sculptors

Jan 26, 2008

Jacques Castagne's work, combining fountain grass, gloriosa lilies, sweet peas, allium, switchgrass, and coral bead plants

Garden Design Magazine's latest issue, which is not on their website yet, features a handful of Europe's top cutting-edge floral sculpture artists. It is a teaser, giving us a taste of a handful of artists who use flowers and natural materials to create their forms...

Detail of Castagne's work, showing the glass vessels, stacked, that look like plastic disposable cups

Pim Van Den Akker, left, various flowers woven to the shape of a bull's head. Geert Pattyn, right, sculpture made of willow branches.

Ann Desmet, sculpture with weathered wood, elecampane and branched bur-reed.

As sculpture, I like the idea of plants used in a way that other sculptural materials are considered in order to convey the artist's concept. In Castagne's work above, he wanted to show the idea of jubilation, similar to fireworks or a circus. Pattyn's willow ring was to create one large 'annual ring' with the tiny circles of the individual branches echoing the large ring. Van den Akker's bull was a work to show strength and fragility coexisting. Desmet was inspired by a found wood object to combine it with the shapes of the elecampane and bur-reed.

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