People needed to answer a few questions about the classic childrens stories please!
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My attempt at a Daft Raft. An upturned Hook-A-Duck stall. Unfortunately it didn’t win. Beaten by a speedy tea tray. Better luck next year!
Over the past few weeks i have been busy constructing these beautys. The 5 Rafta (yes a wordplay on Bafta) Awards for the ‘Daft Craft Raft Race’ that took place on the 29th of July 2012 in Endcliffe Park.
Spectrum exhibition at NewBridge Street Space 2011 by Adam Hogarth.
His piece ‘She Was So Excited She Nearly Squeezed Me To Death’ spells out its title in large text made entirely from chrysanthemums. Beginning life in pure white, the flowers gradually degrade, ending up in varied array of morbid browns and yellows.
Floral tribute. 2009 by Adam Hogarth.
The Garden of death is a painting by symbolist painter Hugo Simberg. Depicting an otherwordly, gloomy scene where the central figures are reminiscent of the Grim reaper. In contradiction death is tending the gardens, a symbol of birth and renewal.
Graves and tombs have been decorated with flowers (living and artificial) for thousands of years. There are many reasons for this decorative tradition, one reason being that it is to honour the deceased, a memorial, a blessing.
It is a way of expressing sorrow and sympathy and viewed as an expression of rebirth. The flowers grow from the ground where the body is buried. In this way the person is reborn and the spirit still lives on. It is also a way of consoling the living.
Flowers are a means of expression. it is often difficult for those mourning a death to put feelings into words. Flowers are a visual expression of Love, sympathy and respect.
Another reason for floral decorated graves is that in ancient times the soul of the deceased was thought to need provisions for various wants in post mortem existence, therefore the ground about the tomb was often laid out as a garden, where the spirit would wander free and enjoy itself in its own bit of the Elysian fields.
Also before embalming came about dead bodies smelt bad! The nice scent of flowers was the perfect cover up for the stench of rotting flesh.
I stumbled upon this work of art whilst browsing for cemetery sculptures.
A great example of combining flowers and death are the flowers in a graveyard. I took pictures of flowers in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery on Rivelin Valley Road. I chose this particular cemetery because i used to live next door to it as a child and it always spooked me.