Gallery: Stunning Salvaged Terrariums Grow Awareness for Plant Farming

 
Dutch artist Juliette Warmenhoven’s beautifully crafted planters take a wry jab at modern culture’s obsession with mass-produced perfection. There’s a self-watering bonsai in a mini incubator and music boxes with sprouting potato plants that spin when you turn the key. Warmenhoven’s special light bulbs have baby blooms for filaments and leafy greens are showcased in molded plastic and fiberglass.

Growing up as the daughter of a frustrated flower farmer in the wake of the Dutch tulip craze, Warmenhoven became hyper-aware of the burgeoning struggle to generate fast-growing, perfectly uniform plants to keep up with the modern demand and visual expectation.

Warmenhoven’s graduation project, “Everyday Growing,” features these plants from her childhood canvassed in an array of cheeky “planters” and displays constructed from recycled synthetic objects, which otherwise would be considered plastic trash.

One of her most eye-catching pieces, called Couverse, is a self-watering terrarium inspired by an incubator. Since it only needs to be filled once per month, the system “takes care of the child” as Juliette has put it.

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