Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Plant Kingdom, a source for inspiration for sculptor Ruth Moilliet

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The plant kingdom is a source of inspiration for all plant and garden lovers, and for UK artist Ruth Moilliet this is also very much the case, as it is very evident in her sculptures.


The beauty of Ruth’s sculptures is that they highlight the amazing floral architecture that excises all around us, which is so too often over looked.


In Ruth’s personal statement she describes how “In my work I reflect a childhood dream to be able to shrink in size, like ‘Alice’, to enable me to enter a plant’s elaborate structure and explore the floral architecture. The enlarged scale that I use indicates this desire, to be at one with the object of my study, to be engulfed in a flower.”

Dandelion Parachute

She also explains why the plant kingdom is such an inspiration for her,

“An initial response to a flower is that it is a delicate and beautiful object, something that can be picked or crushed. This may be true of an individual bloom but a plants continued cycle and relentless growth makes them the longest surviving organism on the planet.”


She studies and works with the forms that she finds within a particular plant or flower, examining a specimen in detail, even dissecting it if necessary. By doing this she discovers what is often overlooked in the everyday, the remarkable forms and intricacies of plant life.

Allium Scubertii


Cardoon Parachutes

Spanish moss


Photos and information from Ruth Moilliet website check it out to see more fantastic examples of her work.


  1. Lovely, lovely post. Thanks for the inspiration and tip:-)

    Have a nice sunday evening! Greetings from a sunny Sweden!

  2. Terrific work! I would have loved to spend time with it, but virtual is better than not at all.
    Cheers xo

  3. Great stuff! I especially like the dandelion!

  4. Hello,
    Wow !!! It's so beautiful. Great sculptures.
    Thank you for sharing, I loved it.

  5. Oh, I'm in love with this artwork! I want a dandelion parachute in my living room. :)

  6. The artist captures two qualities that she talks about - delicacy and durability.
    These works are very striking...lovely.

  7. Yes Yes YEs YES! Thanks for showing us these amazing and sensual scultures, Sunny. Ruth is an inspiration indeed. Her pieces would be perfect in any setting. The Eryngium knocked the breath from my lungs.

  8. Those are great. The passiflora and the eryngium especially.

  9. These sculptures are amazing! It would be fun to have one in my garden! I like the parachute dandelion and the alliums.

  10. Wow. The explosive starbursts are definitely alliums, but they really have fun with the form of the flowers. I like how the ephermeral blooms are translated into more robust materials.

  11. absolutely incredible. i especially love the thistle-like sculpture in your second shot. so cool!

  12. Sunny,
    I will be making a link to this post on Shadows On Stone so more people can see this work and visit your blog. It's wonderful, Great discovery. My favorite is the Eryngium. The shadows these sculptures cast are beautiful too.

  13. I thought that I liked the allium the best until I got to the dandelion. Love it! Actually this is the only way I will love a dandelion!

  14. Those different "seeds" are gorgeous! I have seen different (larger) seeds sculptured with willow.

  15. These are amazing and deserve to be looked at time and again.
    Thank you great post, this is not a sculptor I knew.

  16. This is not something I have seen before. Thanks for sharing!

  17. hi, yes very inspirational and i'm guessing an awful lot of work goes into making these shapes..the eryngium is perhaps my favourite...

  18. I love the round seed heads especially when grouped.

  19. Beautiful! It would be hard to choose between them.