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Worshipping Totemic Buds

Posted on: Thursday, April 13, 2006

There is a totemic, confrontational quality about Blossfeldt's magnified Horse chestnut buds (Aesculus parviflora). A plant animal fusion of wrought iron pillars in the cult of 'nature as blueprint for exemplary design and engineering'.

Karl Bossfeldt (1865-1932) a skilled sculptor and plant modeler - became best known as a leader in Germany's New Objectivity photography movement. His prolific teaching and the publication of 'Urformen der Kunst' (Art Forms in Nature, 1929) galvinized him as a forerunner of green architecture and nature preservation.

The Horse chestnut buds depicted here have been magnified twelve times.

'Like Lilliputians we observers wander among these gigantic plants.' (Walter Benjamin, 1929)


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