Passiflora Incarnata, 2013
Blown and hot-sculpted glass, steel, paint
Dimensions Variable. As installed 16' x 16' x 12'

Passiflora Incarnata, commonly known as the passionflower vine, is a site-specific installation of blown glass and steel in the Palm Court within Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The passionflower is a beautiful symbol of the tenacity and duality of nature. There are many species of passionflower in the world that have adapted and found homeostasis with the environment. However, when itis taken from it’s adapted home, the flowering vine can easily choke off competition, acting like other notable invasives like Kudzu and Japanese Honeysuckle. In contrast to this noxious aspect of its growth, the passionflower has long been recognized for it’s beneficial medicinal properties. Humans have a history of using its roots and leaves as a relaxing agent for pain, asthma and anxiety.

Passiflora Incarnata is a larger than life interpretation of these compelling complexities while interacting with the Phipp’s Palm Court. The sculpture features representations of the plant lifecycle, including radiating leaves sprouting from delicate vines, dozens of buds and flowers in all stages of growth, opening, full bloom and wilt. The flowers give way to the green, oblong fruits that slowly turn a burnt orange. The glass is supported upon a steel structure informed by the architecture of the conservatory.

Concept Sketch

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