Frank Plant - The ‘Grow’ Sculpture at the Wageningen University
The ‘Grow’ Sculpture at the Wageningen University

The Sculpture on the Wall - Frank Plant and the Plants at the Wageningen University

The Dutch Wageningen University is one of the world’s leading educational institutions for agricultural sciences. A nice morning, afternoon or evening, a wonderful idea was born to the rectoral authorities: to give an artistic view of what the University provides and what also really it is. So, luckily, they gave the American sculptor Frank Plant – the name and the thing – the task of creating a sculptural work for the University, which would do the job.

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The Sculptor Frank Plant
The Sculptor Frank Plant

Frank Plant and the Screwing of the Idea on the Wall

Frank Plant in 2016 delivered his wall-mounted large scale sculptural composition entitled ‘Grow’. The materials he used were both inorganic and organic. Metal and Plants – an excellent combination for the creation of an artistic project intended to be set up at an Agricultural University.

With the use of these materials, Frank Plant gave with aesthetic terms a moment from the everyday life of students in the University campus. Student life in the real world but at the same time in the contiguous abstract space of ideas, learning, and – why not?- revery.

But Frank Plant also managed to do something else: the contemplation of the work, the thought on it and the admiration for it, now belong to the viewer.

Frank Plant - The 'Grow' Sculpture at the Interior of the Wageningen University
The 'Grow' Sculpture at the Interior of the Wageningen University

Screwing the Idea on the Wall

Every job has also a heroic aspect. Frank Plant and his colleagues screw, assemble and place the sculpture in the intended position.

The Project 'Grow'

Approach to the sculptural composition ‘Grow’.

Frank Plant - Photo of the 'Grow' project at the Wageningen University
Photo of the 'Grow' project at the Wageningen University

The ‘Grow’ sculptural composition consists of two distinct parts.

Frank Plant - The First Section of the 'Grow' Sculpture Project at the Wageningen University
The First Section of the 'Grow' Sculpture Project at the Wageningen University

The left part of the project.

Frank Plant - The Second Section of 'Grow' Sculpture Composition
The Second Section of 'Grow' Sculpture Composition

The right part of the project.

Frank Plant - The First Section of the ‘Grow’ Sculpture
The First Section of the ‘Grow’ Sculpture

The project is proposed in two versions. In the first version, live plants are used.

Frank Plant - The Version of 'Grow' Without Plants
The Version of 'Grow' Without Plants

In the second version no.

Frank Plant - Detail of 'Grow' Sculpture at the Wageningen University
Detail of 'Grow' Sculpture at the Wageningen University

All the metal parts of the project have been flocked – a method by which many small fiber particles of fiber depositing onto a surface (flocking).

Frank Plant - Photograph of the 'Grow' Sculpture from Low to Strong Perspective
Photograph of the 'Grow' Sculpture from Low to Strong Perspective

The choice of using this technique gives to metal parts the texture they could acquire if they were colonized by a living moss community.

Frank Plant - The Hair are Plants on the Head of the Figure
The Hair are Plants on the Head of the Figure

In the nine heads of the fourteen figures there is the possibility of incorporating live plants.

Frank Plant - The First Part of Sculpture Composition ‘Grow’ by Low
The First Part of Sculpture Composition ‘Grow’ by Low

If this finding is an aesthetic, ecological texture, conception or a sarcastic commentary on the knowledge that provided, we have said it above: the thought on the work is something that concerns the viewer and not the artist at all.

Frank Plant - The Second Part of Sculpture Composition 'Grow' by Low
The Second Part of Sculpture Composition 'Grow' by Low

The artist is a simple aesthetic belt in a thriving art market.

… Or maybe not?

Musical Farewell

The Dire Straits musically saying goodbye to Frank Plant with their song Money for Nothing – or not?

Frank Plant
Frank Plant
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