Today’s Urban Plant was photographed by one of my favorite photographers on Instagram, @akafrank. He spotted this mesmerizing street art on Felix Street in Cambridge Heath, London. Here’s the exact location on Google Maps.
We don’t know who the artist is, but perhaps someone reading this does. Please let us know by commenting below!
Every so often I post an urban representation of a plant on this blog. Since many of the actual, living urban plants are also largely the result of human efforts, of our need to ornament and decorate our environment, I feel that paper tulips in school windows, plastic potted plants and artificial Christmas trees aren’t much different than topiaries, manicured gardens, and other human-directed plant life, and they are certainly relevant to this discussion of urban flora.
What I find interesting about this artifical plant, though, is that it doesn’t look like a decorative, tame plant, under a human’s thumb. It has the wild, otherworldly feeling of the city’s giant weeds, like trees of heaven and other plants that spring up between cracks and cover up unlovely buildings. I’m sure this piece was made specifically for this bricked-up doorway in this black painted building. The chainsaw-blade flowers, pale as the moon, fit perfectly with the mood of their gloomy backdrop.
Thank you, @akafrank, for allowing us to share your photo, and I hope we will find out the artist’s name soon.