Friday, 17 March 2017

The Iris @ NOW Gallery

Iris falling flower installation at Now Gallery

I went to see the falling flower installation a few days ago, straight after work. The exhibition closes at 7pm during the week, I arrived at 6:15pm so I was pressed for time. I spent just under an hour staring at the hanging, dying flowers, all 10,000 of them. I really wish I visited on the first day as well as recently, that way I could've seen the difference and change.

The Iris is a piece by Rebecca Louise Law, she's know for her use of organic material, in a sculptural and painterly fashion. There's a really cute story behind why she picked this specific flower - are you read? Well, she discovered that the land that the NOW Gallery sits on was once a wetland of tidal marshes, previously known as ‘Bugsby’s’ and ‘Greenwich’ Marsh. And of course from her research she decided to create an installation that embraces the present and the past, HOW CUTE!

"I like to capture and cherish small beautiful natural objects to create an artwork that can be observed without the pressure of time. Preserving, treasuring, celebrating and sharing the beauty of the Earth with the world is what drives me." - Rebecca Louise Law
Iris falling flower installation at Now Gallery

The 10,000 iris are suspended with copper wire which gives the illusion of thousands of floating flowers. The intention of this project is to envelop the viewer in nature, an experience that is rare within the concrete metropolis - very, very rare in the big smoke. Each flower will dry within the gallery space over time, letting viewers see nature take its course - offering an alternative concept of beauty; embracing and appreciating preservation and decay. Which is why I wish knew about this from the start!
Anyway, I really enjoyed this project, if you plan on going, I highly recommend visiting in the day-time, simply because everything is so much better in natural lighting! Take a book to read or sketch in, it really is serene (you may be as lucky as me, the noisy screaming kids left just as I arrived)

Thanks for stopping by! And I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it (such a tacky/cliché thing to say) but I do mean it! :-)

Abby x

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