Life in Death – Installation by Rebecca Louise Law

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Quoting from the publicity ” Immerse yourself in this spectacular installation, created for Kew and celebrating the sculptural quality and lasting nature of 375,000 beautifully preserved blooms. Kew’s Economic Botany Collection specimens of ancient Egyptian funeral garlands dating back to 700 BC …inspired this work”.

Filling an entire gallery, this art installation by Rebecca Louise Law, was an enchanted walk through hundreds of exquisite dried plants making a fantasy forest of delight.

Dried flowers

Dried flowers

Dried flowers

Dried flowers

7 Replies to “Life in Death – Installation by Rebecca Louise Law”

  1. Wow, the thought of this is overwhelming. My reaction is that I am afraid of it. I’m not sure how that came about (especially just from photos!). I felt it might grab me. Well, that is purely imagination. I am impressed by the amount of work and time this must have taken. And I recognize some of the flowers. Individually so beautiful.


  2. It looks wonderful. I’ve seen some romantic publicity shots of this I think, but it is lovely to see some close-ups, thanks, to discover what they’ve actually used. I should go! How is it standing up to the immersion would you say?


  3. That is some reaction! I was afraid of it but only because I thought I might accidentally damage it – it was all so fragile. However, what you cannot see from the doorway of the gallery, is that a pathway has been created through the hanging garlands so that you can walk without touching the flowers. It was a very popular installation with queues of people passing through. Unfortunately, that detracted somewhat from the pleasure of the experience and there was really no time to stop and stare. It was also difficult to capture photos without people in the shots too.

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  4. I think it was late October when I saw this. The installation is scheduled to be on display until 11th march 2018. It is possible to walk through the flowers without touching them and there is someone supervising. I think that any damage would probably be restored. The artist seems to be accustomed to creating displays of these fragile materials in areas with public access.


  5. That’s interesting. I have no idea why I felt so strongly, I think it seemed to me they were lying in wait, the strands! A vertical spiderweb, maybe? Anyway, thanks for showing it. Certainly made me think.


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