Call of the Wild

‘Call of the Wild’ is a site-specific art installation located within the glasshouse range at Cambridge University Botanic Garden from 20 May to 4 June 2017. The project is based on my emotive responses to the plant collections, my interest in landscape and film, and the Botanic Garden’s scientific system for labelling plants.

The resulting work takes the form of plant labels, displaying quotes from films set in landscapes similar to those created in the glasshouse range. The labels are arranged among the plants and provide an element of surprise for visitors as they are coming across them during their visit.

Besides the playful elements of creating links to films within the curated landscapes, the work also aims to draw attention to the huge task by the Botanic Garden’s horticultural teams to link each individual plant to its record within the garden’s plant database.