Installed artworks: Day 7 – The Cherry Blossom Tree

IMAG5139David 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.

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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.

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Cherry Blossom…recycled materials from ReCreate

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Image of the circular plastic plant drainers, hundreds of which were used in the creation of the artwork for the Cherry Blossom Tree.

Many thanks to all at ReCreate. It is a fantastic resource for any artist.

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We work with local and national business to collect unwanted and surplus items, for use in early childhood educational, schools, colleges, special needs groups and community centers, and by individuals for art, craft, theatre and creative project of all kinds. This helps local businesses produce less waste, helps out schools and communities to stretch their budget and their imagination, and helps the environment by reducing waste and our carbon footprint.


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