Spanish artist Ignacio Canales Aracil meticulously weaves and presses various flowers onto a basket-shaped mold without adhesive. He only adds varnish for moisture protection. Each elegant flower sculpture in this series titled “The Fragility of Time” could take a month to dry up and firmly hold to its unique shape. By then the finish piece would be taken out of the mold and let it stand by itself, taking extra care due to the fragility of the dried flowers. Please scroll down and enjoy this amazingly delicate artwork!
Artist Statement (in part):
Ignacio Canales Aracil (Madrid 1984), graduate in Fine Arts at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, coursing later a BA(Hons) in Sculpture at Wimbledon College of Art (University of the Art London). Thanks to the Stanley Picker Fellowship he continued his studies in 2009 with an MA(Hons) Fine Art at the Chelsea College of Art and Design (University of the Arts London). There grew his interest towards botanics in order to explore new possibilities in the artistic creation.
In his first works Ignacio collaborated directly with the most renowned landscape designers in Europe (inspired by the work of those who build spaces with nature, rather than in it), such as Piet Oudolf, Ton Ter Linden and Pam Lewis, picking flowers for the sculptures in their private
gardens or in public spaces such as Isabella Plantation (Richmond Park/Royal parks London) and Millennium Garden (Pensthorpe Natural Park in Norfolk).
All images courtesy of Ignacio Canales Aracil, and are published with permission.