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Art in nature

Photographer, designer, landscaper. Frank Bruggeman creates gardens in motion, free to change and interact even with the most neglected urban corners. For him, it is enough to turn a stone to design an oasis of green.

Walk through conifer is a work of 2021. The philosophy of the Dutch landscape architect is to highlight the soul of the plant, its strength and structure. It is part of the Botanical misfits series.

Florilegium, a project carried out in 2019 for the twelfth edition of Manifesta in Palermo. The installation was made using only local plants.

Frank Bruggeman's work borders between the figure of the gardener-botanist-florist and that of the artist. In Natureobject #13 the elements that make up the installation belong to our daily life, where nature coexists with plastic, giving life to a new aesthetic.

With Frank Bruggeman you can talk about flowers, botany, sustainability. But also of photography, art, urban planning, cities. At first glance, we would call him a florist, then we discover that his works have been purchased by museums and collectors. He lives in Rotterdam, where he was born, and works with nature, or rather, the subject of his works is always botany and plant life.

Left, Frank Bruggeman in a nursery in Los Angeles in 2019.

Photo by Jeroen Arians.

Many of Bruggeman's works are found in private collections and have been exhibited in museums. Left, Global Flower at The New Institute in Rotterdam (photo Bas Czerwinski). Right, Natureobject #14, Beijing 2013. Photo by J.W. Kaldenbach

The collection of earthenware vases well summarizes Frank Bruggeman's creative thinking. Above, Madeleine made in 2018. A supporting structure holds other fragments of broken vases. Harmony is achieved through a welcoming and balancing operation where even scraps or dried flowers can find a new life.

Florilegium, a project carried out in 2019 for the twelfth edition of Manifesta in Palermo. The installation was made using only local plants.

"Following Louis Le Roy's teachings, a revolutionary Dutch landscape architect who argued that nature must express itself without being taught, I designed this garden close to The New Institute for Architecture and Design in Rotterdam. It is a peculiar project that divides the public between fans and detractors".