Claudio Porras (Colombia)

Collaborators: Alejandro Mojica (Colombia) / Obed Arias (Colombia) / Luis Espindola (Colombia) / 
Carolina Cruz (Colombia) / Jenny Guevara M (Colombia)

SPREADING LIFE is inspired by that most natural (and magical) of experiences: blowing on a dandelion. This installation captures the delicate moment when a dandelion’s seeds float off and spread through the air; a passage of nature — that shows us that as a flower dies, others are born.

The work offers a unique form of interaction, inviting people to blow on two small light sculptures equipped with sensors and crafted into the form of dandelion flowers. To ensure the message is clear, neon is positioned alongside the flowers and forms the word ‘BLOW’ with moving arrows indicating the appropriate spot.

Visitors who approach and take up the invitation to interact with the small dandelions activate a bright animation in an adjacent group of larger flowers — the seeds light up and begin to glow in space and a sound simulates their floating away through the air.

Ultimately this lovely work reminds us that blowing on a dandelion represents hopes, dreams and desires.

Country represented by installation: Colombia


The Royal Botanic Garden expands its presence in Vivid Sydney 2017. A collaboration and showcase between artists and collectives, young and old – where new developments in projection, lighting and sound technology enable them to use plants, rock walls, tree canopies and even the magnificent trunks of 100-year-old Ficuses, as organic canvases, the nexus perhaps, of art and botany. See what else is happening at The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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Access and Inclusion

  • Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.
  • Audio description is a service provided for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Trained audio describers give live, objective, verbal descriptions.
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