Used to the fragrant flowers from your childhood memories, you continue to smell the flowers in a ritualistic and futile gesture. The scent like taste, cannot be captured on a film – it can however, be represented by colour. Imagine scentless flower – pale, ghost like. This most probably is how the flowers nowadays appear to the insects. The bees could not care less about the longer vase life, size of the petals or thickness of the stalk. Furthermore the smell they would be attracted to we could consider nauseating. The plants are so dull, they might as well be transparent to them. Scent was the first one to loose the race towards the ideal flower.
Floral trade for many centuries have developed into art of manipulation. The growing consumerism culture intertwined with the flower trade boom, have led to the point where flowers cease to represent the qualities that were once considered to be valuable. Science and technology successfully made what is basically a bouquet of sexual organs, stop acting as such. As the market grew and customers preferences changed, a quest to create create the prefect flower blossomed. The ideal plant would not only suit our subjective and rather questionable taste, but also meet the high requirements of the breeders or the big and small sellers. The cut flower industry has began to struggle between what is natural and unspoiled and what is mass produced and commercial. Although we didn’t yet manage to change flowers main purpose – wich is to reproduce and die – we continually try to make it please ever wider audience in the mean time.
One cannot help but wonder – where will this journey lead us? What would this perfect flower look like? What form should gain a hybrid of such diverse human desires – is it possible encompass them within one genetic mash? The artist began to work with plant geneticists, horticulture specialists and engineers in an attempt to create a super bloom. They created a plant that would meet all of the industry’s requirements. But since perfection is always monstrous, their work became a balancing act between expectations and what is be possible. Altering by hand the incompatible species, a palpable body was given to the artists research. A physical organism was born out of studies and research. Constructed rather than born, the most elaborate species constituted the monstrous creature. Unfamiliar, bizarre shapes joined together embodied impressive but rather delicate organism.
Monstrous yet ephemeral creature was given a more stable cast. Scanned and 3D printed, the plant has turned into nylon, bone white, sculpture. Haunting within its glass cabinet, it is a lasting symbol and reminder of the compromise between longevity and scent, colour and shape, what geneticists can imagine and what flowers will allow