Using a combination of magazine cutouts, dried flowers and leaves, pressed paper, and illustrations, Netherlands-based artist Anne ten Donkelaar creates these realistic and intricate designs, entitled Flower Constructions. From a distance, the sculptures are a gorgeous and vibrant bunch of flora that are growing in abundance. Upon closer inspection, the many found objects are visually transform into an ornate display of recycled materials.
Donkelaar describes the project as “new fragile flowers that grow on islands where no one has ever been, new detailed landscapes that are lifted so you can walk through it. Weeds become poetry, each unique twig gets attention, nature seems to float.” By building these paper gardens, Donkelaar transports her viewers into a magical land where inanimate objects come alive.
Donkelaar’s interest in both the natural world and found objects is evident in this work as well as her Broken Butterflies, a series that you can check out, here.