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Plants in Art and Art in the Use of Plants

Plants have always played a major role in human history. But beyond their self-evident contribution to human and animal nutrition, they had contributed and contributed to the production of practices as well as artistic works. Their use over time in the garden and in landscape architecture for the production of aesthetic and functional results are also the subject of this section of the site. But not only. On the occasion of the origins, correlation or starting of the plants, and consequently the creation of every kind art works by inspiration from them, the contribution to cultural development – sometimes admittedly elastic and expanding – is also being considered here. From the gardens of classical antiquity to the ‘The Constant Gardener’, and from the works of Roberto Burle Marx to Chekhov’s ‘The Cherry Orchard’, there is no barrier or limit to their commenting, reporting and recording. First record? Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – ‘The Nutcracker: Waltz of the Flowers’.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - 'The Nutcracker: Waltz of the Flowers'


If every plant is a work of art, every garden is not necessarily a work of art. But it can be done. And it can be done if in the garden – among other things – use the appropriate plants, in the right place, and in a correct way. In this section of the site, there are presented the possibilities of exploiting the plants and their contribution to the creation of gardens, which will not be a simple – purposeful or misplaced – plant rendering, but really works of art.


Where architecture combines and involves the plant world with human societies in a scale relationship, there emerges, within the border of the city, the Art of Landscape Architecture. Its forefathers are many in history, but itself is the birth of the productive 19th century. And if since then Landscape Architecture has changed and evolved, that element which has remained fundamental to the development of this Art is none other than the plants. Which – however – and these in turn changed and evolved to be able to keep up with it.
In this section of the site, the common adventure of plants and people unfolds, as manifested in the great, difficult but together fascinating Art of Landscape.


With small to large overflows, this subsection of the site investigates, studies, presents the contribution of plants as a source of inspiration in the creation of artistic works. Literature, painting and sculpture, music, dance and poetry, cinema and comics will be creatively abused as much as possible. Or as Gertrude Stein wrote, ‘Rose is a rose is a rose’, opposing the kingdom of a damp squid in the kingdom of plants.

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