Renowned for her large-format artworks made using natural materials like flowers, stones, branches and fruits, British artist Rebecca Louise Law has installed a flower installation at BIKINI BERLIN. Her floral installations playfully explore the relationships between humans and nature.
BIKINI BERLIN is Law's first installation in Germany and comprises a hanging garden covering an area of around 144 sq m, using more than 30,000 individual flowers. The flowers will gradually dry out and develop a special dramaturgy as their appearance and atmosphere change over the course of the exhibition period. Heralding the start of spring, the installation will culminate at the end of Gallery Weekend on 1 May.
The installation took four days to install, and each team member had an area the size of am arm's width to work in, with a brief to place the strings of flowers 10cm apart. 'Even though its mathematical, I like it having a human element,' explains Law. 'I like it to be organic; the human touch.'
She didn't want pockets of colour with this installation. From a distance it takes on a peach colour, but as you walk nearer you get a sense of just how many colours are involved – lilac, cream, pink, purple, orange, yellow... 'As long as there is air circulating, the installation will be fine. With lighting, it always needs to be warm white, not cool light, and definitely not colour changing!'
Many people imagine the flowers to die and look brown, but hanging flowers is the main form of drying them out. She wants to show people that flowers can be used in art and be installed permanently. Law has been working on an installation in Melbourne which will in fact be permanent. She also has a permanent installation on a wall in a Shoreditch restaurant.
Once the installation at BIKINI BERLIN comes down, she will use the flowers to create sculptures for an art exhibition at the centre in June. 'Some people say it's a waste of materials, but I think the exact opposite. I want to use the material a lot longer after and show people what can be done,' she enthuses. 'I like the chaos amongst the control, and I can trust the product now.'
As well as the Australian installation, which launches in May/June time, Law is also working on a temporary, interactive installation in Paris on the Champs-Élysées where people can take a rose home, picked from a field of blooms. She will also be installing a floral installation in two of Liberty's windows from 11 April to celebrate the limited edition Haagen Dazs Little Gardens range. Next year she will create a fully immersive, interactive installation in a museum in Denmark.
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