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Kew Gardens exhibition confronts our disjointed connection with nature

By Obomate Briggs

A major exhibition by British contemporary artist Marc Quinn has opened at in London. Light into Life showcases 17 stainless steel and bronze sculptures around the gardens and in the Temperate House, alongside a presentation of Quinn’s new and existing paintings, drawings, sculptures and frozen works. Quinn has long been interested in humanity’s “disjointed” connection with nature and through collaboration with Kew scientists and horticulturalists, such as William Baker and , his new work explores more about plants and their incredible forms and shapes, using significant specimens from across Kew’s vast collections to inspire his art. The mirrored effect of many of the stainless steel sculptures blurs the boundaries between the viewer, the sculpture and the landscape, offering a chance to reflect on, and appreciate, the many ways plants serve our lives. “I’m hoping the works make people feel and think something and potentially look at the world in a different way,” says Quinn.

Marc Quinn: Light into Life is at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, until 29 September

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