Spanish artist Ignacio Canales Aracil uses the art of pressing flowers to craft spectacular sculptures that resemble hollow vessels. Starting with a large, cone-shaped mold, Aracil weaves hand-picked blooms into a flat, floral overlay that can take up to a month to dry. The pieces are sprayed with a light coating of varnish to protect them from moisture. The final products are incredibly delicate, yet rigid, works of art that glorify the beauty of spring and fresh life frozen in time.
“Ignacio presents an accesible and intimate work that celebrates spring and keeps it,” the artist’s press release reads. “His work explores the meanings of nature and flowers with shapes that capture their beauty in sculptures where life is held. His works speaks with irony and longing about the aims of our society, in a natural stage full of dramatic contrasts.”