Flora, Fauna functions as a harmonic creation which connects to a higher consciousness and offers an alternative dimension as a distraction from our existential burdens. The garden is a source of encouragement, momentarily recharging the body with a sense of serenity. It is a utopia of color, shape and texture which allows escapism as a way of reconnecting.
Dozens of plants, whose names and attributes in Hebrew are related to the world of animals (such as elephant ears, moose horn, bird’s nest fern, stork’s beak and more) live in this garden side by side. Together, they create an almost imaginary performance; a visual effect which ranges from the figurative to the abstract, the visible to the hidden, the conscious to the subconscious.
The artist’s choice to create a plant-based performance serves as an allegory of the earthly paradise, thus enriching our perspective of ourselves, the flora, the fauna, and the way we treat it The garden, openly offering a seductive harmony and a mindful progression, invites the visitor to relate to the moral and the basic. In other words, it allows viewers to enjoy escapism which does not promote superiority or exploitation, imprisonment or humanization. Rather, it conditions escape through a performance of a harmonious space between flora and fauna.
Both animal and plant move in space, and choose – separately and together – to make their escape as a mechanism of survival.
Erez Nevi Pana
Photo: Dor Kedmi