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Ancient life‐forms or aliens from the future?IMG_6022

Hacking my way through a jungle of twisted possibilities and melting temperatures, these are the nine plants I found and have brought back from the journey to show.  These fantastical new species of plants are born of two passions of mine, glass and growing plants. All it took was an amazing opportunity to place them in the Oak Park Conservatory to cause the ideas for plants made of everyday bottle glass to germinate and come to life in my studio/laboratory.

 It was an exciting challenge to conceive of these evolutionary oddities and an enlightening process that has expanded my interest in sculpture with recycled glass and convinced me to consider this just a starting point.

One of my sculptures can still be found in the Desert room at the conservatory. I donated the piece at the end of the exhibit so the magical combination on glass and plants could be discovered again and again.