Linnet sculptural airplant setting with Tillandsia Heteromorpha


I walk on a Norfolk beach where sea-sculpted bricks and tiles can be found.  I have assembled this composition with a small piece of unglazed tile, which has been tumbled in the sea to soften its’ broken edges and a piece of driftwood with a curving spiral of stainless steel rod.  This forms a sculptural airplant setting for the Tilllandsia Heteromorpha.   The airplant can be rotated carefully into the open spiral, so it’s leaves are gently captured within its’ curves.  There it is held in balance with the driftwood base.  The airplant’s form can be appreciated as it almost appears to float.

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Height of stand is 30 cm, width is 15 cm and depth is 5 cm.  The weight is 98g.  These measurements include the airplant.

The tile and 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 Heteromorpha airplant requires moderate watering and a bright position, away from direct sun.  It's flower is purple and it grows to a maximum size of 10 cm high and 5 cm width.  Airplants can be misted a few times each week.  The alternative to this, which is my preference, 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.