2018 Artists

Botanical Fainting Couch

Sarah Peters - Falmouth, MA
Cast bronze - 4’ x 8.3’ x 5.5’

Sarah Peters’ Botanical Fainting Couch, with its taxonomy theme, celebrates the natural world around us. Peters spent the last several years investigating plants and their scientific classification and experimenting with materials and technique; the result is a unique and innovative functional sculpture that offers moments for curiosity. It is made up of the twenty-six letters of the alphabet. Each letter has the texture of a different plant. The plant is identified by the Latin genus (the scientific name) that begins with that letter: A for Acer, B for Begonia, C for Comptonia, etc. Peters’ research was conducted under the guidance of botanists at the Harvard University Herbaria, in Cambridge, MA.

 

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