Human Flower Project
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
HFQ #4: Will Pay for Pollen
“I wish to use tree pollen for my paintings. How much is it for about 2 pounds or 1 kg?”
Receiving Anna McKechnie’s message, we couldn’t believe our itchy eyes. Notorious and misnamed “cedar-fever” season, when juniper pollen kicks up allergies, began a couple of weeks ago in Austin. (Read Mary Ann Roser’s story and weep.)
We thought that Anna was pulling our leg but she kindly replied, from Niagara Falls, Ontario:
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Just What the Doctor Should Order
Appendectomy? Two horticulture researchers document how flowers and foliage can hasten your recovery.
White cyclamen and cards at a hospital patient’s bedside, Louisville, Kentucky
Photo: Human Flower Project
“Get me outta here!” – the battle cry of hospital patients around the world.
Seong-Hyun Park and Richard Mattson, horticulturists at Kansas State University, have a new paper out that sheds light—and relief—on this ancient predicament. They found that having flowering and foliage plants in the room significantly improved patients’ comfort, health, and attitudes while recovering from surgery.
The researchers studied 90 patients who had appendectomies—a fairly routine surgical procedure—in a suburban Korean hospital. In half the patients’ rooms, the researchers placed twelve plants:
Saturday, January 03, 2009
Joseph Stella’s Resolution
Restart—whether with flowers or dumb bells. It’s the season of discipline.
by Joseph Stella
Image: via Pomegranate
“...that my every working day might begin and end, as a good omen, with the light, gay painting of a flower.”
Joseph Stella called this his “devout wish” (My Painting, 1946)—synonymous, we’d say, with a resolution.
Have you made one? It’s already January 3rd and we’re still vacillating between grandiosity (to join a gospel choir, learn Japanese) and timidity (keep on flossing).
We came upon Joseph Stella’s resolution this fall, visiting the Smithsonian American Art Museum. His articulation of a human flower project was printed on the wall label below Neapolitan Song, painted in 1926 – four years after Stella had revisited his beloved Italian homeland.