Roses have become almost ubiquitous with beauty, but like with anything they have life and death. In her series, Red on Green, London based artist Anya Gallaccio aimed to present the cycle of life in a meaningful way using these beautiful flowers. She painstakingly gathered 10,000 red roses and removed their stems. Next, they were placed inside an empty stark white gallery. The beginning view was quite stunning, but that wasn’t quite what she was looking for. As time wore on and decay set in, she displayed the true meaning of what her work meant. To her, in only in this way would the passion of life be properly displayed.
The Beautiful Life and Death of 10,000 Roses