Thursday, January 31, 2008

The soft pornography of the flower

Here's the companion piece to Ben's post about Joan Mitchell and the feeling of the dying sunflower: a Dutch gardener on how gardens die elegantly. The best line:
“He’s gotten away from the soft pornography of the flower,” said Charles Waldheim, the director of the landscape architecture program at the University of Toronto. “He’s interested in the life cycle, how plant material ages over the course of the year,” and how it relates to the plants around it.

There's also a great and then he gasped at the beauty of all that brown and gray moment in the middle of the article.

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