Birthday flowers (A Sculpture for a former Church) (video)

Birthday Flowers video still

Birthday Flowers video still

Birthday Flowers video still

Birthday flowers shows a bouquet in the artist’s Milan studio repeatedly circled as it is shot at 1° increments to complete two full circles twice a day for seven days. The video is edited from this material into a 10 minute looping piece that sees the bouquet repeatedly decay and then regenerate. As the flowers decay, the room around it becomes dense and animated, as though the energy were being sapped from the flowers and given over to the room (like a prolonged exhale), and then the inverse happens, the flowers draw energy back from the room to re-blossom (like a prolonged inhale).
This 10 minute looping video was reworked in 2012 when the artist added 4 additional layers of images for the creation of Birthday flowers at 50 and 13.

The piece was made for an unconsecrated Roman church in Brescia and then reformatted into a leather-bound book form.