living succulent heart sculpture
We built this heart sculpture for Robin Stockwell at Succulent Gardens in Castroville Ca. The heart was commissioned for the 2015 Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle. The heart stands 14 feet high on it's stand and is 12 feet across. The metal work was completed and delivered to Succulent Gardens in late in 2014, it was then planted with 15,000 succulents and allowed to grow before being transported to Seattle to be displayed at the garden show.
The heart was built in two halves that are bolted together on site, this allowed the heart to fit in a standard climate controlled semi-trailer for shipping. The heart structure is moved back as far as possible from the plant growing surface to allow the plants more room to grow.
The ribs for each half of the heart sculpture were bent in one piece to ensure the curves were consistent on each half of the heart.
The surface of the heart is expanded metal shaped to fit the curves of the thin supporting ribs. We used the ribs as a template while shrinking and stretching the curves into the expanded metal, it was then carefully welded onto the ribs and the outer edge.
The back of the heart is made up of several flat expanded metal panels, the panels are removable to facilitate planting the 15,000 succulents.