Reign of Terrarium!
Eudaimon Side Project - 2012 ongoing
Terrariums have a significant place in the history of the Industrial Revolution and beyond. Terrariums are enclosed or semi-enclosed glass environments for plants which at their most elaborate are called 'Wardian Cases' and at their most simple 'bottle gardens'. The discovery of the ability to raise plants in glass environments, due to the humid micro-climate created by the plants transpiring, allowed for the transportation of exotic plants globally - something which had been impossible previously as plants would die during the exposed and arduous journey on the ocean. This led to a breakdown of geographic botanical hegemony. Hundreds of thousands of tea plants were smuggled by the British from China to Assam in India in terrariums. Rubber plants were transported from South America, propagated in Kew Gardens, London, and then sent out to colonies in Indonesia.
Terrariums also allowed the Victorians to have evergreen and exotic plants indoors for the first time. Pollution and native species limitations made life difficult for wannabe indoor gardeners. The protected environment of the terrarium led to a widespread craze that allowed for jungle plants and ferns to be grown inside.
We set about playing with this Western version of Zen Gardening (precise, patient attention to detail is a must!) as an experiment, which has worked beautifully. Plants need very little attention such as watering 3 times a year, prefer low light levels and are perfect for people who normally can't look after plants.
Eudaimon were commissioned to create 30 mini-terrariums for the boutique banqueting area at the Secret Garden Party. These we playfully entitled "boozariums" for the fact that we had to get through quite a lot of whiskey and rum to supply the correct bottles! Pictures are currently being edited.
Eudaimon are now taking the terrarium concept on to a new level combining this form of the Western Zen Gardening with miniature sculpture. Expect developments later this year prior to a gallery exhibition.