Blackfield: Illustration Meets Installation with 12,000 Steel Plant Specimens

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Blackfield: Illustration Meets Installation with 12,000 Steel Plant Specimens

Blackfield, an installation by London-based artist Zadok Ben David, brings together 2-dimensional illustration and a 3-dimensional display and experience. Each one of these 12,000 cut and painted stainless steel botanical specimens were "planted" in a layer of sand on the gallery floor. The designs were modeled after old textbook illustrations with one side painted a solid black and the reverse in bright hues.

It's amazing how stark the contrast between the two sides is—the bold black looks like a graphic illustration, while the colorful flip-side almost convinces us of a delicate field of foliage. And the effect is only achieved by navigating around the display. The specimens are pretty and delicate individually, but grouped together seem a bit intimidating and slightly dangerous.

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Design, zadokbendavid, blackfield
Design, zadokbendavid, blackfield
Design, zadokbendavid, blackfield
Design, zadokbendavid, blackfield

Originally on display in 2008, a circular version of Blackfield is currently on display at Artclub 1563 in Seoul through February 2012.

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Jessica Patterson

Jessica Patterson

Hi, I'm Jessica. I'm a Designer and Writer at Drawbackwards and write for the Design Blog at Design.org. I enjoy vintage things, letterpress, publication design, and long walks around the Cesar Chavez Park pond. You can follow me on twitter at @jessdoodled for lots of fun randomness.

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