Linnet sculptural airplant setting with Ionantha Mexico
I have assembled this composition with two pieces of driftwood collected from a Suffolk beach and a curving spiral of stainless steel rod. Forming a sculptural airplant setting for the Tilllandsia Ionantha Mexico. The airplant can be rotated carefully into the open spiral, so it’s leaves are gently captured within its’ curves. It is held in balance with the driftwood base. The Tilllandsia Ionantha Mexico’s form can be appreciated as it almost appears to float.
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I enjoy working out how to create balance, while making a pleasing composition with each airplant. Every one is individual as the bricks have been tumbled in the sea and taken their own form. The same has happened with the driftwood, although this started as an organic, natural material.
Height of stand is 24 cm, width is 12 cm and depth is 5 cm. The weight is 87g, which includes the airplant. The pieces of driftwood are dried and cleaned. There is no other surface treatment.
The Norfolk coast is being eroded with sea-level rise and extreme weather. Bricks and tiles, from homes and gardens, evidence of this tragedy, are found on the beaches.
The supplier of the airplants is Crafty Plants, where they propagate their plants. The Ionantha Mexico airplant requires moderate watering and bright light, away from direct sun. It's flower is violet and it grows to a maximum size of 8 cm height and 8 cm width. Airplants can be misted a few times each week. The alternative to this, which is my preference, is to soak in water for a few hours once a week, so they can take in the water they need. Use distilled water (I save any unused water from boiling the kettle for my plants) or rainwater. Drain excess water, before returning to their stand. Minimum of 10 degrees celsius.