Saturday, November 24, 2007


This was one of my favourites this year, though I realise now that I haven't shown it in its entirety. It was in fact a fairly large wreath, all made up of found plastic objects, put together to form flower-like structures. It is by Jane Gillings. Yet again, I found myself wishing that I had thought of this. I guess I have a mild obsession with plastic and little toys and bright colours. I spent ages looking at them all, they were very intricate and quirky, like this (you can click on the smaller images to enlarge them):

and this:

oh! and this:

The artist's statement:

Using the products of a throw away society, my garden needs no water to survive and forms a wreath in its own memory.

You can see more of the flowers on Jane's blog here

In the eyes of Pod, this is cool.

Thank you Jane!


Blogger Lynne said...

In the eyes of Lynne this is VERY cool as well! How inventive to make up flowers out of discarded bits & pieces. What a great way to recycle!

Artist's imaginations never cease to amaze me. I'd still be there looking at each one in detail ...

12:01 AM  
Blogger kimy said...

very cool indeed! I love found object art (well when it's well done - jane has it down!)

have enjoyed all your photos this month! I wait with bated breathe for new 'mystery' series.....

12:20 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Brilliant! I love the comment on throwaway materials -- how they can be made into something beautiful.

12:44 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

Poddy these are fantastic and clever. I wish I had one of these flowers to put in the little vase of my new VW Beetle Convertible. I do not think I am patient enough to create one myself however.

Now, I am off to check out Jane's blog.

4:38 AM  
Blogger griesmail said...

This makes me laugh, the idea is so cool!

9:52 AM  
Blogger herhimnbryn said...

Thankyou Pod, great images and they have sparked some ideas here in WA.

10:41 AM  
Blogger WAT said...

Wow, I had no idea one could be so creative with such stuff. Well, thanks for educating me Podster!

I'll never look at colorful utensils the same ever again!

12:22 PM  
Blogger Squirrel said...

I love the individual flowers, forks, spoons, keys, etc... the little airplane... this is the kind of artwork you enjoy studying for a long time.

2:44 PM  
Blogger jane said...

well thankyou pod for taking my babies to the masses. If you like, I could send you a catalogue of them. They all have names and little stories that go with them. For instance...the little guy with the drinks in his hands is called "my shout" and when you push the lever, he lifts them triumphantly. I love your photos of them, particularly the one with the little girl. Thanks for the comment.

6:53 PM  
Blogger albi said...

can i have a catalogue too? even if i am on the other side of the world? ;)amazing concept and art

7:50 AM  
Blogger Smiler said...

These are amazing! How very very cool! And so creative. I happen to lick bright plasticky toylike things too. They seem to photograph well as a general rule. And the fact that they're environmentally friendly really brings them over the top. In fact, I find these so great that you've inspired me for a post. Not sure what it will be exactly yet, but I'll be giving you link love for sure. Coming soon to a blog near you...

8:43 AM  
Blogger jane said...

Happy to send catalogue to those who would like one. email me and it will come in the form of a pdf powerpoint show. (hope it's not too big...)

10:42 PM  
Blogger lettuce said...

i esp. like the cutlery flower.

5:01 AM  
Blogger Reya Mellicker said...

How fabulous! A nun? Nurse? flying on a rocket through the keys of a keyboard?? Perfection.

I wish I had thought of it, too.

Also love the girl's glossy dark hair. What a great pic. I can feel the summery air even though it's not at all summery here at the moment!

Thank you!

1:17 AM  
Blogger jane said...

Pod, I'd like to send Albi a copy of the catalogue but am a little fresh to this game, and don't know how to get email addresses off your subscribers.Also, I'd like to let Reya know, that the flower she is talking about is called "Grey Nurse" which is an endangered Australian shark. The grey nurse that sits on top of the shark, is also endangered as our hospital staffing crisis continues. You know the story? Poor pay and one wants to be a nurse anymore. The keyboard spells out grey nurse. They're all sitting on a fan...of which I am one...of all three.

11:30 PM  
Blogger Pod said...

LL - i could have stayed all day looking at them, but it was getting hot, and i was beginning to get that crazy look in my eye....

KIMY - it might take a while for the new series to come through....patience is a virtue remember!

STE - even more cool when you read her catalogue

GAZZA - i think i would look better in the new green machine!

TRIJ - tis great hey?

HHB - inspirational hey?

WAT - erm, good...i guess ;0P

SQUIRREL - they would look even better from your eye level, no?

JANE - thank you thank you and thank ye!! they are even more incredible now i have the background. you are brilliant! ;0)

ALBI - jane left her email address here, just mail her and she will kindly pass one on

SMILER - jane is the inspiration, not me. i just took the photos! ;0)

LETTY - wish you were there with me to look closely at them!

REYA - read jane's comment above about what the grey nurse is about. so thoughtful and genius!!


10:17 AM  
Blogger samuel said...

hey thanks for your comment. I loved looking over your blog. These are great. Jane is a friend of mine. you should check out her coprorate suite man sculptor. what a talent.

12:26 PM  
Blogger Pod said...

SAMUEL - nice to meet you. jane is great indeed. be seeing you ;0)

1:21 PM  
Blogger raindog said...

thats quite a site. very cool indeed! we have an artist around our area who builds elaborate 'trash fish' with discarded items. maybe, one day i'll snap one. nice shots, sir!

4:37 PM  
Blogger Nathalie said...

Cool garden Pod, I understand why this was your favourite this year.

11:01 AM  
Blogger Hubert said...

shooting this so you only see the girl from the back is brilliant. Not many people do this, but it makes me think of childhood absorption in little things.

5:32 AM  
Blogger Pod said...

HUBERT! hello....who are youand where did your funny self come from? ;0)

8:20 AM  
Blogger trixi said...

This garden made me smile! Beautiful!!

Happy New Year.

7:06 AM  

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