String Gardens

String Gardens by Fedor van der Valk started two years ago as an IJM project (a creative collective based in Amsterdam). The beautiful objects below are a variation of Kokedama – a Japanese art where plants are covered with moss and placed in a bowl.

The objective of Fedor’s String Gardens is to bring plants to eye level. It’s also about plants finding their balance – as they grow, they get heavier causing the centrepoint to constantly change which means the plants grow in interesting ways almost as if they are floating in mid air.

The plants are watered in different ways – some plants have reservoirs built in where an artificial root made from different kinds of moss transport the water to the ball. Others are woven into horizontal nets which are covered with moss, clover and grass and a dripping system keeps the net wet. Most plants also need to be soaked in water every three days or so.

All the photos are from the String Gardens website. Thanks to Fedor for the information!

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