concrete jungle

January 8, 2021

I love the city. I love nature. And I love when the two intersect. There is a tiny forest on the UofT campus where Beech trees and Sugar Maples grow. In the summer months, native wildflowers spring from the ground. It’s an urban treasure, and so well hidden amidst the concrete and brick that most of us don’t even know it’s there. London based ceramicist, Katie Spragg avidly seeks out nature in the city streets where she resides. “There is something magical about seeing dandelions appear on the roadside, or a length of bindweed crawling up the edge of a parking lot.” she says. Somehow, it’s almost more poignant than bluebonnets growing in a field. City wildflowers are resilient and adaptable, and Spragg’s exquisite porcelain flowers are emblematic of that. Watch Spragg making a flower; it’s quite mesmerizing, as are her animations. The Bloom series –– tiny, delicate flowers and grasses peeping through slabs of concrete –– is quite moving.

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