The art of pressing and preserving flowers has been around for countless centuries, and with reason! Not only is it a beautiful and simple way to retain the memory of a moment, but it's a green way to create an incredible piece of decor. Spanish artist Ignacio Canales Aracil has taken this crafty technique and bumped it up a notch with his airy and delicate sculptures. Part dome, part surrealism, Aracil's flower sculptures are woven together and explore the fragility of time.
Aracil hand-picks flowers, flattens them, and then weaves them together over a cone-shaped paper mold. After a couple of weeks, the flowers dry out to maintain a shape stable enough for the mold to be removed. Other than a layer of varnish to keep the flowers from absorbing moisture, Aracil’s natural sculptures do not use any other material to hold them together except the intricate weaving pattern.
Looking closely, one can see the beautiful individual flowers, ferns and stems emerge. Aracil’s series, entitled the Fragility of Time, illustrates their temporary nature rather perfectly. It almost appears as though the slightest gust of wind could break up the sculptures and send them scattering.
Via Fast Co. Design