David Hackett talking about the installed Cherry Blossom Tree artwork during the guided walk in September 2017
Most of the varieties of Cherry Blossoms have been cultivated for ornamental use and do not produce fruit. Along with the chrysanthemum, the cherry blossom is considered the national flower of Japan. Again the microscopic worlds of the trees form the backbone of this artwork. Hassett’s focus on scale and miniaturisation led her research to the arts forms of the Japanese Bonsai and Chinese Penjing. See below some of the SEM images taken from the Cherry Blossom Tree.
For this artwork Hassett chose to focus on the reproductive system of the Cherry Blossom, specifically the pollen grains. Pollen grains carry the male reproductive information and are unique in shape and pattering depending on the species. See below SEM imagery taken by Clodagh Dooley of the groups of and individual pollen grains.
In a nod to the millions of identical pollen grains to be found on the Cherry Blossom Hassett decided to create an artwork using multiples of the same material. Hundreds of recycled plastic net plant drainers were manipulated and grouped together not unlike how the the bonsai control and force huge number of flowers together to shape blocks of colour.
Alongside the white plastic netting Hassett also used neon pink and green wired Lycra netting for this artwork. A huge thank you to Recreate who salvage large quantities of reusable materials from businesses for use in creative projects. See images below of the installed artwork.