The sculpture has leaves in three sizes, and a highly complex, multi-colored finish on its branches and trunk. It also has a tuft of grass poking through a thick lush bed of pebbles. All this beauty is mounted on a gracefully arced shallow planter which is attached to a black plant stand.
This sculpture is the second in a series studying the structure of plants with small flowers. It represents the most complex, densely assembled flowers I have ever produced. The design mimics many wildflower plants that concentrate their small blossoms in groups of shoots; such that each blossom is positioned precisely next to its neighbors. I believe these concentrations allow these plants to compete for pollinators with plants that produce larger flowers. Sadly, this is an extremely hard phenomenon to mimic.
This sculpture is made entirely from paper. The rock, plant stems, stamens, planter, plant stand and branches are made from recycled newspaper using the Makigami technique I invented. The flowers and leaves began as squares of paper which were painted and then folded. The pebbles are made from compressed paper.
The dimensions of this sculpture are 13 inches tall by 8 inches wide and 8 inches deep (33 x 20 x 20 cm).
This sculpture is designed to last for generations. Its leaves have a dust resistant coating (just like real leaves!), so the sculpture can be cleaned by taking it outside and blowing on it, or if you prefer, using a blow dryer with the heat turned off.
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