over the course of his creative career, monaco-born artist michel blazy has worked with organic mediums, integrating botanical life and greenery into everyday and otherwise ordinary objects. at the venice art biennale 2017 — presented as part of ‘viva arte viva’ curated by christine macel — blazy is exhibiting an arrangement of sneakers that have been repurposed as plant pots. ‘collection de chaussures’ (shoe collection) comprises a wall of hollowed-out footwear filled with soil and botanical species. 


blazy has worked with organic mediums throughout his career 
image © designboom

 

 

blazy has placed the collection of shoes on a series of tiered plinths, forming an oversized wall of footwear and flora. set within a square structure and illuminated on all sides, the shoes take on the typology of a ‘green wall’. over the course of the venice art biennale, the vegetation planted inside the sneakers will traverse the stages of growth and decay. visitors to the exhibition can experience and observe the cycle of life as it takes shape within the sneakers, seemingly giving life to otherwise static objects. blazy has previously planted greenery in computers, printers, and cameras, following a long line of work with vegetation and an ongoing interest in life cycles. 


at the venice art biennale 2017, the artist presents an arrangement of sneakers that have been repurposed as pots
image © designboom


one of the artworks that makes up ‘collection de chaussures’ (shoe collection) 
image © designboom


hollowed-out footwear is filled with soil and botanical species
image © designboom


the plants will traverse the stages of growth and decay
image © designboom


the collection of shoes stand on a series of tiered plinths, forming an oversized wall of footwear and flora
image © designboom


the vegetation will change over the course of the biennale
image © designboom


visitors to the exhibition can experience and observe the cycle of life as it takes shape within the sneakers
image © designboom

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    art news