Monster Flower

23rd June 2014

Breathtaking in its beauty and in its intellectual narrative, Marcin Rusak's Flowering Transition project shown at the RCA explores ideas around the life of flowers and perfection.

Considering the idea that nature was once the model of perfection, but our aesthetics have changed and with it our view on perfection, Rusak questions how flowers are now highly engineered in order to meet the demands on modern day desires in order to live longer and have brighter colour, but as a result they are loosing some of their natural attributes -for instance their scent and locality.

Split into a series of chapters his speculative project questions the future of genetics and imagines where this path could lead to future blooms or the 'Monster flower'.

This speculative project looks to the future of genetic modification and re imagines this future flower and poses questions as to whether this is really what we would want it to be.

Using 3D modelling and clever photography he has created the 'ultimate' flower that embodies all of the requirements of modern day desires. This monster flower needs to be available all year round, cheaper, controlled stem sizes, efficient for packaging, better smell and longer vase life and so on.

Somewhat contradictory in its requirements, this list of demands is now controlled by man and not nature.

In his other chapters he also illustrates how flowers are loosing their scent as a juxtaposition to longer life and brighter colour as well as the ephemeral nature of flowers which are not meant to last with a perishable vase made from flower waste that naturally decays over time.

By far the most beautiful project shown at the RCA last week, Rusak comes from a family of flower growers and illustrates his journey and that of his family in a beautiful book to accompany the project.

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