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Zadok Ben David created this incredible installation using 12,000 cut steel botanical specimens modeled from old textbook illustrations, each embedded in a thin layer of sand.

London-based artist Zadok Ben David created this incredible installation using 12,000 cut steel botanical specimens modeled from old textbook illustrations, each embedded in a thin layer of sand. On first encountering the sprawling array of plants they appear completely black, thus the installation'

zadok ben-david | Blackfield is an installation by London based artist Zadok Ben-David. It contains up to 20,000 steel etched, hand painted flowers deriving from 19th Century Victorian Encyclopedias!

London-based artist Zadok Ben-David makes flowers and trees out of cut metal, including his best-known pieces, which feature intricate flowers, modeled after Victorian illustrations. He has exhibited internationally, including at several biannuals and he was commissioned to sculpt a piece for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Blackfield 2008-2012 Blackfield, 2008-2012 Blackfield is a space-specific floor installation, containing up to 20,000 cut

Plate from 1542 book “De historia stirpium commentarii insignes”. Text by Leonhart Fuchs and illustrations by Albrecht Meyer, Heinricus Füllmaurer and Veit Rudolph Speckle, https://www.lib.umn.edu/botanical/work.php Text and image Wikipedia.