The Fragility of Time by Ignacio Canales Aracil

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The Fragility of Time by Ignacio Canales Aracil

Designer Ignacio Canales Aracil created these sculptures by pressing and drying wild flowers.

The Fragility of Time by Ignacio Canales Aracil

Called The Fragility of Time, the project involves collecting plants from gardens and nurseries then pressing them to for fragile sculptures.

The Fragility of Time by Ignacio Canales Aracil

The two shown here were made at Wild About Flowers Nursery in Devon and Pembroke-Lodge in Richmond Park, UK.

The Fragility of Time by Ignacio Canales Aracil

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The information below is from Ignacio Canales Aracil:


The sculptures are made with flowers and plants from different gardens and nurseries that work in collaboration with me. They allowed me to cut their flowers and work in their premisses while choosing, pressing and drying the flowers.

The Fragility of Time by Ignacio Canales Aracil

The sculpture number 1 in the picture has been made with flowers from Wild About Flowers Nursery in Devon. The number 2 from Pembroke-Lodge in Richmond Park (Royal Parks). I have collaborate also with The London Garden Museum.

The Fragility of Time by Ignacio Canales Aracil

The Charity Foundation of each Garden that collaborates with me gets a percentage of the sales (in case that happens) and the Gardens are mention as a patron when the sculptures are shown in order to thank the aid recieved. One of the ideas of this collaborations is to show the plants and flowers which represent the better the spirit of the garden in a different place where you wouldnt expect to find it.

The Fragility of Time by Ignacio Canales Aracil

Making the journey and the experience of working outside the studio part of the final piece. The flowers are held together without any structure or glue, they stand and stick together as the straw in a hat after being dried and pressed all at once. The roughness of the process which requires lots of physical effort contrast with the delicacy and fragility of the finished sculpture.

The Fragility of Time by Ignacio Canales Aracil

Which although its fragile it is made to last, as some ancient collections of dried pressed flowers are dated 500 years ago. Tradition is a very important value in my work. The sculptures are varnished with a matt spray in order to prevent them from moisture. Except from the first sculpture in which I used a glossy varnish.

The Fragility of Time by Ignacio Canales Aracil

Working with flowers trying to preserve their beauty, faces directly the fears that we share in the society about time. Life and dead are confronted in a piece which celebrates beauty, sexuality and time. Fighting with and against nature.

The Fragility of Time by Ignacio Canales Aracil

Recovering the time and the crafts of the process, helps me to understand in the search of a complete work of art and the seed of my practice. Working with flowers makes me deal with its many implications, starting to work when is in fullness and aiming to preserve its beauty through death.

Size: 30cmx40cm.


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  • artimon

    very inspiring and poetic.
    I would dream of different forms but I will stop here.

  • david kent

    nice. i like the fragility.

  • Jacques Gusto

    Tradition and craftsmanship meets modern design. A great piece of work!

  • John

    There is a certain happiness that is communicated through these works that is refreshing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001740222161 Oliviero Lacroce

    poetry made tangible. great pieces.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001552585364 Gunjan Mundhada

    u can make vases,lamp sheds,and many more interesting things.good idea , just like paper masche.

  • gaylealstrom

    I just love it. I dry flowers myself, but I never thought of doing this with them.

  • SNP

    Beautiful – lifts me from the day to day grind of architecture!

  • http://www.fizzfieldgrass.com Fizz

    Even better 'in the flesh' as I experienced recently.

  • http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51UkaH10t9L._SY346_.jpg photo

    I just love it. I dry flowers myself, but I never thought of doing this with them.