Chromed steel copy of Agave...something. A baby americana, I think.
Crested something or other. Myrtillocactus geometrizans cristata, perhaps?
Bronze version of Echeveria 'Imbricata':
Chromed steel Euphorbia...
Here's a living one:
Chromed steel...heh. Not sure. What's your guess? It's like an Aloe but where are the marginal teeth and tubercles?
I have mixed feelings about metal versions of plants I know and love so well. Metal Agaves! Cool! Love Agaves! Love Agaves! Yet....the plant's shape is there, yes, but not its its living presence. You know what I mean, you who hang out with plants, you who have intimate friends that photosynthesize. Plants breathe, they move, they struggle and strive. Sometimes if you are lucky, they even grow. They are rubbery, scratchy, smelly, nasty sharp ouch! And infested with damn mealy bugs yet again, where's the spray bottle of alcohol? They are anything but metal.
The sculptures are beautiful because they are so true-to-life, the originals being beautiful. The metal versions are expertly crafted. It cannot be easy to do that quality of work, and I respect it. But...but...they are not alive. Artist, show me the plant's soul. I already know what they look like in the flesh. Show me what they dream about at night. Show me the joy they feel when it rains after a long summer of dust.
Living things duplicated in hard cold metal. Of course we make sculptures of people and animals--why not plants? I can only say...the originals are more beautiful. Fleetingly, vulnerably alive...
Work on computers all day? Stick an Aloe vera on your window sill. Please. Something alive. Do not completely separate yourself from every living thing that is not human.
Then again...the more I think about it, the more I look at it, I may actually like the chromed steel Agave americana more than the real thing. A metal version of Agave americana will never ruin its architectural beauty by offsetting like crazy, and a metal version will never, ever, ever take over the yard.
"Steel and Stone, Forms From The Desert" December 27, 2012 - Jan 2, 2013 (closed Jan 1) at the Huntington Library Botanical Center Flora-Legium.
Ten steel sculptures of desert flora by Khachik Khachatouryan will be on display with a selection of 28 desert stones from the American Viewing Stone Resource Center.