Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Living Art

Last weekend I was out in Ballard, hunting for cool stationary, when I decided to step inside a little plant store, The Palm Room. Once inside I was taken aback by the incredible display of epiphytes (AKA air plants). The owner/designer, Brandon Peterson, suspended them throughout the space, by using wire, and hanging them from the ceiling. He also had them displayed on trays and decorative rocks, like art piece accessories for the home. The pièce de résistance, however, was this shadow box of, epiphytes, spanish moss, sticks, and lichen. Now, it has been said once or twice that I have an affinity for ancient and obscure plants, but this truly is something remarkable. It is in effect, a framed living art piece. I now have it hanging on one of the walls in my office. To take care of it, I simply mist it with water once a week. Feel free to stop by my house to check it out, or better yet, see Brandon's many creations at The Palm Room on Ballard Ave in Ballard, Seattle (Thursday through Sunday, noon-5pm) http://thepalmroom.com/.



  1. What is the range of costs? I am looking for a gift for someone who I think would love these.

  2. That's so cool, Kate!!!
    How much was it? Can you make one yourself?

  3. Aren't they so cool? I'm smitten. My box was priced at $52.00, but I believe the range of costs would be between $40 and $65, depending on the number and size of the plants.

    Romy: I imagine your mom loving this sort of project.
    I think this is how he makes them:
    1. construct a box
    2. attach a wire mesh system to the back (or bottom of it's laying flat)
    3. Carefully weave moss, sticks, and air plants into the wire supports.