Seaweed Arboretum - Flora


Seaweed Arboretum - Flora

Seaweed Arboretum – Flora is one of a suite of 3 installations, along with Forest and Float, exhibited at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum. The exhibition was held in conjunction with the Seaweed Forests Festival, and provided an evocative and immersive marine botanical environment for the month-long program of talks workshops and events.

Flora is a marine botanical collection of delicately ethereal seaweed pressings. Each specimen is suspended within a clear acrylic box frame, hung slightly out from the gallery wall. Their intricate forms are replicated in a precisely cast shadow on the wall behind. This shadow-life opens a dialogue with its own being - and invites us, on the other side, into the intimate reverie.

Included in this marine botanical arboretum of aqueous plant life are:

  • Cystophora retorta
  • Phyllospora comosa (Crayweed)
  • Ecklonia radiata (Golden Kelp)
  • Caulocystis cephalornithos
  • Seirococcus axillaris
  • Codium fragile
  • Codium platyclados
  • Hypnea sp
  • Delisea pulchra
  • Durvillea potatorum (Bull Kelp)

Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney, Australia
seaweed, acrylic, aluminium, nylon thread
17 artworks various sizes

Flora production team, consultants and advisors:
Jennifer Turpin & Michaelie Crawford - artists
Natalie O’Loughlin - production assistant
Louie Royal - lighting design and production assistant
Rupert Trengove. - production assistant
Chanel Tobler - production assistant
Hugh Black - production assistant
Dr Yola Metti - phycologist, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Derek Cruz - marine scientist, UNSW
Tess Evans - Heights Heritage Conservation
Jisuk Han & Haimeng Zhao - X Squared Design
Mike Harrington & Stefan Kovar- Definitive Group
Philip Sticklen - Bespoke House

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Ian Hobbs Media

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