Who buys a coffee table book anymore? Not me. But! There is always a but. I justified the purchase of Daniel Ost, easily. I am not a rock star, ambassador, Shiekh, or member of the royal family, The only way to get up close and personal with Ost’s craft, was to buy the book. The New York Times called his work “breathing architecture.” Calling Ost a floral sculptor doesn’t capture his art.
I realize the gardeners who read this blog, might object to Ost’s extreme manipulation of the natural world and its acute wastefulness. I could argue that all cut flowers squander resources.
I aim for three things in a garden: sustainability, biodiversity and beauty. Ost has another objective.
“Working with leaves or flowers need not result in a copy or reproduction of nature. That is mere deception and will result in failure. You cannot improve on nature. If you realize that, and you still assert the right to remove flowers and plants form nature, but then don’t succeed in doing something at least equivalent, you are better off letting everything grow where it is. My wish is to make something with these vegetable materials that did not exist before, a beauty previously unknown.”
If life is but a passage,
At least let’s sow flowers on it.
-Michel de Montaigne