Growing portraits with grass

Growing portraits with grass

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“Grass is something that most of us take for granted. We walk all over it, we lay on it and sometimes mow it down. Few appreciate grass the way Dan Harvey and Heather Ackroyd do. And yet their art can stop you in your tracks. By manipulating the natural processes that fuel life itself, these British artists blur the line between science, nature and art, all while drawing attention to climate change.” Read more about the artists HERE

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • Grass is something we take for granted
  • We walk all over it
  • We don’t give it much thought
  • The magic of seeing them in print
  • Come to life and grow
  • Blur the lines between science, nature and art
  • Mega flooding scenarios
  • Severe weather events are happening
  • Time and time again
  • Increasingly more frequently
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Climate change
  • It was within our sight
  • Photosynthesis
  • We work with the seed
  • Germinate their seeds for about two weeks
  • The image develops over the period of weeks
  • We grow the grass vertically
  • The studio space
  • We turn it into a darkroom
  • The only light that the grass receives
  • Projected negative image
  • It produces more of the chlorophyll, more of the green pigment
  • The equivalent to a black and white photograph
  • But in tones of green to yellow
  • We can work really really large-scale
  • The resolution phenomenal
  • It’s part of a process of discovery
  • The mediums you work with
  • Part of our palette and materials that we play with
  • They can last indefinitely
  • When you can put the lights out
  • Someone who cares passionately about what they’re doing
  • I’m still a bit taken aback by all this grass

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Trees can fly

Trees can fly

  [Hoshincu]

How to make Air Bonsai :

  [Hoshincu]

“A Japanese firm called Hoshinchu is producing kits for customers to produce their own floating versions of tiny house plants called Air Bonsai.

The tiny trees contain spongy balls of moss that contain magnets that sit above a porcelain base that similarly contain magnets which repel those found in the moss. 

How do the trees float :

The Air Bonsai kit is made up of two parts – an ‘energy base’ and the ‘little star’ which floats a few centimetres above the base.

The ‘stars’ are spongy balls of moss 2.3-inches (6cm) across containing magnets weighing around 250 grams

The porcelain base contains magnets and a rotating mechanism and is connected to the mains by an AC adapter.

The magnets repel each other to create the illusion of levitation. 

To plant the trees, customers poke a hole in the ball and add the cutting of the plant or a seedling. 

The website shows a number of bonsai trees which have been grown for a number of years spinning off the ground.

An additional pot is available in the form of a lava stone, instead of the moss ball.”

[Daily Mail UK]