Surreal Man Bursts into 1500 Ceramic Flowers

For LSU Musuem of Art’s exhibit titled Uniquely Louisiana, artist Bradley Sabin has created an incredibly surreal looking installation made up of 1500 ceramic flowers. Called Interface, it shows a human figure sitting against a wall whose body and head have been transformed into a stunning array of pink magnolia flowers. The impressive artwork takes up an entire gallery wall. According to Sabin, the installation “reflects a dream-state where the plant world and the human world merge.”

Uniquely Louisiana, which runs from now through November 11, displays 50 pieces that are inspired by the Louisiana environment, including its intriguing plant and animal life. Louisiana's official flower, the magnolia blossom takes center stage in Sabin’s work. As for how the flowers were created, Sabin says “they're all ceramic, and each of the petals are made separately, then pressed together to make a flower.” In order to make the flowers look as if they’re magically floating up the wall, he had to screw nails into them and then drill actual holes into the gallery wall.

Soren Christensen Gallery, which represents Sabin, sent us these photos of the stunning installation and told us that the piece will also be the title work for his fourth solo gallery exhibition "Interface" there, which runs from December 1 to December 29.

Images are courtesy of Soren Christensen Gallery and LSU Museum of Art

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