Crazy Plant Trend of the Day: Lifes of Grass

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Crazy Plant Trend of the Day: Lifes of Grass

April 17, 2012
10:27am
Photo by: © Matthieu Raffard

Mathilde Roussel is a French artist, who according to her website, "strives to question time considering both human and vegetal time." Her work explores the human body and how it occupies both time and space in the world. 

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Soil, wheat seeds, structure from recycled metal, fabric. Photos © Matthieu Raffard.

These sculptures, made from soil and wheat seeds, which over a form made from metal and fabric, were grown for the Atomica Botanica exhibit at the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, in Nashville, Tennessee, and will be on display there until May 13, 2012. Of this project, Roussel says, "Observing nature and being aware of what and how we eat makes us more sensitive to food cycles in the world—of abundance, of famine—and allows us to be physically, intellectually and spiritually connected to a global reality."

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Soil, wheat seeds, structure from recycled metal, fabric. Photos © Matthieu Raffard.

The Cheekwood Botanical Garden quotes Ovid's Metamorphoses in describing the show: "Keep yourself from breaking a tree's branches. Don't forget they contain divine bodies." 

Roussel's site shows preliminary drawings of the sculptures, as well as additional photos of the sculptures in different stages of growth, which are almost even eerier than the fully sprouted sculptures. 

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
1200 Forrest Park Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37205 
Phone: 615.356.8000 

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