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Bloomed Wall: Living Wall

A vertical floral wall which beckons interactions from viewers.
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The third scene truly defines the essence of Bloomed Wall. Presented as a vertical garden, the florets sway and bow, drawing the viewer's attention and enticing them to come closer.

As in the previous two scenes, direct interaction prompts the flowers to spring to life in a joyful manner while revealing their individual characteristics.

"Jan Van Huysum (active in the 17th and 18th centuries) was one of the greatest painters of still life, and specialised in the skilled representation of flowers. In the National Gallery’s Flowers in a Terracotta Vase (1736) the eye roves across a static landscape of flowers, the painter imbues life and vivacity in the work with the addition of butterflies, flies and the bowing, curling, explosion of  stems that support the flower heads, almost all of which are in full bloom – timed to open like a synchronised firework. Here and there, a droplet falls. The grapes and peaches feel ripe and good enough to eat. As we further inspect the piece, things begin to take on a surreal twist, the perspective feels strange, like the vase is sliding into the background, the small nest of eggs feels glued on and all the insects are suspended in animation, or posed as if nothing will take flight.

Harris’ Bloomed Wall (2017) pays homage to this genre of still life painting. In these works, the artist fully embraces the surreal, anachronistic nature of the arrangement of many different varieties of flower in coordinated bloom. Unlike in nature the flowers are made to last, rather than a real-life simulation they are caricatures, an abstraction of the real thing. The flowers sway and react to the viewer’s movements as if attached to springs, jostling for position, docking themselves like spaceships into their position on the grid, petals open and close but never fall from the stem. In some ways, it is the logical conclusion of a still life genre which aimed to capture the ecstatic moment of the hyper-real bloom than any perceived objective reality

Extract from essay by Sunny Cheung




Edition of 8 + 2 Artist Proofs + 2 Museum Proofs, per canvas size


Code, electronics, computer, 4K touch display, 3D sensor, metal


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Dimensions in MM:

65 inch version with visible sensor above:
860 (W) x 1595 (H) x 203 (D) mm

86 inch version with visible sensor above:
1170 (W) x 2110 (H) x 173 (D) mm

Dimensions in INCHES:

65 inch version with visible sensor above:
33.8 (W) x 62.8 (H) x 8 (D) inches

86 inch version with visible sensor above:
46.1 (W) x 83.1 (H) x 6.9 (D) inches

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