Materials: 31 Murano glass seeds accompanied by a UTM certificate of moral ownership Perpetual Amazonia
Dimensions: 110h x 300 x 300 cm
Exhibition history: 2016 City Art Museum and Gallery, Peterborough, UK
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta
The installation Seeds is composed of 31 unique larger-than-life hand blown Murano glass seed pods, which are framed by a collection of intricate watercolour drawings of each species. The ensemble presents a metaphorical seed bank, constituted of hundreds of drawings that magnify the beauty of miniscule pods and seeds. The artists have partaken in scientific expeditions to the Amazon rainforest, to work along scientists and to observe first-hand the diversity and fragilty of these environments, now endangered by deforestation and climate change. Prevalent in the artists' body of work 'Amazonia' is the act of preserving varieties that may be threatened with extinction, and the drawings, objects and sculptures bear witness to their engagement.