Helmut Smits – Art & Design

Helmut Smits is a multidisciplinary visual artist based in The Netherlands. Nature and plant life is a recurring theme in many of his sculpture and commissioned pieces.

Title: Football stadium
Year: 2002
Materials: fruit crate boxes, fruit, wood, stands, halogen work lights, grass carpet
L 450 cm W 350 cm H 170 cm

photo: Madeleine Heijmans

Title: Football field
Year: 2001

Concrete foundations of a football field in the already present rectangular lower level of the field.
(not executed).

Title: Het Bossche Broekje
(a small cake for two)
Year: 2007

Het Bossche Broek is a nature reserve near the city centre of ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

The layers of icing, cake and filling represent the layers of soil underneath Het Bossche Broek. Dig your way through centuries of sediments and soil formation while you eat.

Title: Nature in the Netherlands
Year: 2007
Materials: adhesive print, plywood

Blown-up plant labels in nature reserve Het Bossche Broek.
To emphasize the richness of flora and also to question what ‘nature’ in the Netherlands actually implies.

photos: Lotte Stekelenburg

Gifts to Grow

Embedded and inspired by nature, Sow ’n Sow believe in purposeful gifting that doesn’t cost the planet.

From a small seed of an idea, Sow ’n Sow was dreamt up by founder Michelle Brady combining her love of gardening and flair for design in 2010.


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