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By reproducing pollen forms in an architectural material I attempt to illustrate a botanic world, ubiquitous yet invisible to the naked eye.
The sculpture is hand-built in a limestone compound, which may stand out of doors slowly growing a botanic patina of its own. They can also be cleaned or limewashed if required.
Featured botanical prints by William Baxter, Elizabeth Blackwell, William Curtis, Robert Hogg,
John Hermann Knoop, Charles Frederick Millspaugh, James Sowerby.
A tree of wet habitat. Abundant pollen is produced on catkins in early spring.
Truck loads of honey bee colonies are transported on an industrial scale to pollinate the vast Californian crop.
Common plant of heath and moorland. Thriving in poor, acid soil.
The Silver Birch is wind-pollinated. 'most beautiful of forest trees, the Lady of the Woods'. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Found on stone walls, shingles and dunes.
Densely prickled stems and black fruits. Found on downs and dunes especially near the sea.
Plant of wayside and wasteground. Also known as 'Billy Buttons' owing to the shape of the fruits.
Found on heaths, dunes and grassland. In times past an infusion of milkwort was believed to increase milkflow in nursing mothers.
English name derived from 'day's eye'.
Diuretic. hence its name, 'Pissenlit'. Flowers April-May. Roots used as a coffee substitute in wartime. Each flower head contains up to 200 florets.
Wind-pollinated and assisted by man in viticulture.
Also known as Aaron's Rod and regionally as Candlewick Plant.
Known in some parts of the British Isles as 'Stinking Bob'.
Plants either male or female.
Good source of nectar.
Native of Australia. A heavy pollen. Good source of food for honey bees.
Stigmas and antlers are adapted to aid pollination by insects.
Native to Europe. Catkins open on bare twigs in March and April.
Common hedgerow flower. Each plant has flowers of one sex only. Can hybridise and back cross presenting shades of pink.
Now more likely to be found in gardens than on the beach. Attractive to bees.
Found on rough, lime-free pasture, heaths and cliffs.
Flimsy Greater stitchwort is common in hedgerows and woods throughout Britain.
Native of the Himalayas. Releases a subtle citrus perfume when brushed.
Often found near the sea. Ancestor of the garden carrot.
Found in woods and hedges, especially on chalk.
Prefers shingle banks on the coast.
A single pine tree can produce millions of pollen grains, each with a pair of airsacks to increase to the chances of wind-pollination.
Producing the familiar blackberries of late summer and a haven for many species of wildlife.
Small, widespread and prolific. Relished by free range poultry, hence its name.
An abundant and troublesome weed, but attractive to butterflies. Reproduces both by wind-borne fluffy seed and a creeping root system.
A member of the flax family. Once used as a violent purgative.
A sprawling weed of arable and waste ground. A relative of Rubia tinctorum, both once used to obtain red dye.
Found on roadsides and waste ground. Diminutive nipple-like buds which only open on sunny mornings.
Also known as 'fireweed', it thrives on disturbed or burnt ground and quickly colonized bomb sites of World War 2.
A tall, upright plant of rough, damp pasture and wayside. A variety with tiny hooks on the tips of its prickly seedhead, used to tease the nap on velour and cashmere.
One of the first hedgerow plants to flower with masses of tiny white blossoms appearing before the leaves. The blue-black fruits develop in late summer.
Now rare, the reddish-mauve flowers were once common in cornfields.
Ubiquitous evergreen climbing plant. The greenish yellow flowers produce an abundant source of nectar and pollen in late summer.