Mark Allens "Plants on Vacation" in the Hammer Museum of Los Angeles during the entire month of August was a very loving way to connect plants to people ...
Every summer as their families take a summer vacation, houseplants-- alone and unwatered-- wait on windowsills for their owners to return...
Last month the Hammer Museum was hosting a “Houseplant Vacation,” giving jilted greenery a chance to stretch their roots with a series of plant-specific programming that included readings and music... even houseplant porn.
Mark Allen, the artist in residence responsible for the vacation, had organized a month of cultural activities for the houseplants to ensure that their time away from home was relaxing, rejuvenating and enjoyable. Here you see him with our Flower of Change Daira - Etienne :-)
"Over the course of the month we had different kinds of programming for the plants," said Allen. "We havd poetry for the plants, we had musical performances for the plants [and] we had plant psychics coming to heal the plants psychic energy."
The exhibit even had a phone system set up so that moms, dads, aunts or any plant relative can talk to their plants while they’re away. A speaker system planted within a rock allows the calls to be automatically broadcast to the room of plants.
Allen and the museum had compiled a collection of readings they think may interest to houseplants, including everything from contemporary poetry to "19th century historical accounts of botanical exploration."
Plant parents and museum visitors stopped by and saw the plants, played ping-pong for the plants or partaked in the cultural activity of the day.
Again I would like to thank Mark for this loving idea that ended up in a great exibition. And then I would like to thank my dear Flower of change friends Anna for taking this nice pic ...and Jennifer for taking her Flower of Change to the Hammer Museum.