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Australian plants grow from the crevices of Jamie North’s living sculptures

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#Cement
#Marble
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December 21, 2020

Grace Ebert

“Rock Melt” (2015), cement, blast furnace slag, expanded glass, iron oxide, steel, Australian plants, 350-550 x 60 x 60 centimeters. All images © Jamie North, shared with permission

Embedded in the artist’s eroded cement and marble columns Jamie North are a variety of plants from Australia. Kangaroo vines, Port Jackson figs and kidney weeds wrap around steel cords and grow out of the crevices of the cracked stone shapes, balancing the industrial, man-made sculptures with organic elements. The lush greenery gives new life to the otherwise shabby structures, which creates a bigger theme of regeneration.

In a note to Colossal, North writes that he begins any vertical work with a geometric cast reminiscent of the stately shapes of the tower and column. When finished, the size of the sculptures is an ambiguous reference to various architectural elements. “Both tower and pillar are often associated with progress, triumph and hubris,” he says. “These associations are addressed in my work through preventive material erosion, whereby the object is conducive to the preservation, growth and eventual fusion of plants with the inorganic form.”

See more of North’s living sculptures his side and Instagram.

“Succession” (2016), cement, steel, blast furnace slag, recycled expanded glass, coal ash, oyster shell, organic matter, Australian plants, 400 x 90 and 450 x 90 centimeters. Photo by Ashley Barber, courtesy Sarah Cottier Gallery

“Succession” (2016), cement, steel, blast furnace slag, recycled expanded glass, coal ash, oyster shell, organic matter, Australian plants, 400 x 90 and 450 x 90 centimeters

“Terraforms” (2014), cement, marble waste, limestone, coal ash, organics and various Australian plants. Photo by Ashley Barber, courtesy Sarah Cottier Gallery

Left: “Succession” (2016), cement, steel, blast furnace slag, recycled expanded glass, coal ash, oyster shell, organic matter, Australian plants, 400 x 90 and 450 x 90 centimeters. Photo by Ashley Barber, courtesy Sarah Cottier Gallery. Right: “Rock Melt” (2015), cement, blast furnace slag, expanded glass, iron oxide, steel, Australian plants, 350-550 x 60 x 60 centimeters

“Terraforms” (2014), cement, marble waste, limestone, coal ash, organics and various Australian plants. Photo by Ashley Barber, courtesy Sarah Cottier Gallery

“Terraforms” (2014), cement, marble waste, limestone, coal ash, organics and various Australian plants. Photo by Ashley Barber, courtesy Sarah Cottier Gallery

“Rock Melt” (2015), cement, blast furnace slag, expanded glass, iron oxide, steel, Australian plants, 350-550 x 60 x 60 centimeters

#Cement
#Marble
# Plants
#Sculpture

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