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Ignacio Aracil, pressed flower sculpture, pressed flower sculptures, wildflower sculpture

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.

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