The concept of the living dead has long been of interest to people, often being expressed as zombies and vampires. However the 2000 installation by Marc Quinn known as Garden has brought that to life. This work is an enchanting garden full of plants, blooming at their peak, forever preserved in twenty-five tons of silicone. Their existence lies between the appearance of live and the halt of death. This work is not only visually stunning, it its a philosophical wonder, begging questions such as: at what point does the everyday become art? and When is the thing no longer a thing?
Plants have many uses, they filter air and water, provide aesthetic beauty, nourishment, and now musical stylings. The mimosa plant, is a biological marvel, the slightest touch causes this ferny plant to close its leaves; much in the same way that sea anemones retract their appendages. Nina Tommasi’s Biological Instrumentation takes the unique nature of the mimosa plant and combines it with pressurized air and electronic equipment to produce music you might find at an electronica dance rave. The one fascinating question that this work brings up is the natural algorithms of the word and how they could be taken to new applications.
the physical biology of plants is that they are un-movable once roots have been set, this is an evolutionary fact. However Fujihata Masaki and Dogane Yujihave asked the question, “what if plant were capable of moving on their own” in pursuit of answering this question they created the installation Biological Ambulation Training, which involves reading the plants “brain waves” as they are moved three- dimensionally.