Regarded as one of the world’s finest botanical sculptors working today, Nic Bladen makes his home in the ecological jewel that is the southern tip of Africa. Through the alchemical process that transpires in his studio’s furnaces, the artist creates delicate artistic reconstructions of astoundingly beautiful flowering plants. The precision and care required to cast and reconstruct lifelike replicas is immense, and Bladen has become a master of his craft.
Central to Bladen’s mission is a desire to preserve the singular beauty of plants through his art, and with this unique bronze cast of Brunsvigia orientalis, the artist shines a light on the extraordinary form and beauty of the ‘chandelier lily,’ indigenous to the Cape Peninsula in South Africa.
Image credit: David Junor / Artist portrait: Etched Space
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