Linnet sculptural airplant setting with Tillandsia (unknown 2) and pup


I walk on a Norfolk beach where sea-sculpted bricks and tiles can be found.  I have assembled this composition with a small pieces of unglazed tile and brick, which have been tumbled in the sea to soften the broken edges and pieces of driftwood with a curving spiral of stainless steel rod.  This forms a sculptural airplant setting for the Tilllandsia (type unknown).   This airplant has reproduced and has a small pup attached.  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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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 is 23 cm, width is 20 cm and depth is 8 cm.  The weight is 108g.  These measurements include the airplant.  The pieces of driftwood and brick 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.  I have mislaid the label to indicate the variety of airplant.  This is the information from other varieties as care guidance, requires moderate watering and a bright position, away from direct sun.   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.  The environment should be a minimum of 10 degrees celsius.