Ophelia 2022
Handmade Wardian Case, boat fenders, enamel paint, artificial grass, foam
Dimesions of base 80 x 60 cm


Installed at Robinson College, Cambridge, June 2022

Ophelia is a sculpture, designed to float on water. The case is a handmade replica of a Wardian Case, a technology used to ship plants across the globe during the 19th and early 20th century. The boat fenders, are hand-painted with floral motifs taken from Ming vases, which have been studied and codified using a grid formation. The case sits upon a raft made from artificial grass and foam lashed together.  The piece was a culmination of research into the historical movement of plants and colonial botany during the Victorian era.



© Alastair Kwan 2022

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