Linnet sculptural airplant setting with Tillandsia Cotton Candy
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 Cotton Candy. 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 Tillandsia Cotton Candy’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 driftwood has been tumbled in the sea and the organic forms have been softened.
Height is 26 cm, width is 20 cm and depth is 17 cm. The weight is 72g. These measurements include 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 Cotton Candy airplant requires moderate watering and a bright position, away from direct sun. It's flower is pink and it grows to a maximum size of 15 cm radius. Airplants can be misted a few times each week. The alternative to this is to soak them 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.