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‘disconnect and think nature!’ proclaims artist christophe guinet, aka mr. plant, in regards to his latest botanical art series. ‘plant your mac’ seeks to denounce our exceedingly tech-connected society by integrating elements from the nature directly into some of the world’s most recognized devices — apple products. mr.plant has converted a series of macintosh computer models —  mostly ‘vintage’ units from the 1990s — into bespoke terrariums custom designed for different plant species.

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‘Macarnivor’ — iMac G3, 1998 | dionaea, drosera, pinguicula

 

 

for models like ‘MacBonzaï’, ‘MaCactus’, and ‘MaCarnivor’, mr.plant physically integrates exotic botanical species with apple computers. each device has been carefully manipulated to accommodate a host of lush greenery — whether it grows outwards from a screen, or sprouts vertically from a mouse. these computers — emblems of the early technology age — have been re-imagined as pots and physically adapted for the particular plant it hosts. the ‘plant your mac!’ project invites viewers to ‘disconnect’ from the tech-obsessed world and consider the integration of nature in our lives. 

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detail of plants used for ‘Macarnivor’

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a sprout grows from the mouse of the iMac G3

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‘MacBonzaï’ — macintosh classic, 1990 | ulmus parvifolia, 16 years

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detail of ‘MacBonzaï’

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‘Macplants’ — iMac G5, 1990

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botanical life overflows from the computer screen 

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detail of ‘Macplants’

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‘Macactus’ — power macintosh, 1996 | isolatocereus dumortieri

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detail of ‘Macactus’

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‘Macfire’ — powerbook, 1991 | tillandsia

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a tillandsia plant sprouts from the 1991 powerbook screen

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detail of ‘Macfire’

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‘Macerium’ — iMac G4, 2002 | platycerium

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view from the side of ‘Macerium’

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‘Macpyrus’ — power mac G5, 2003 | papyrus

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detail of ‘Macpyrus’

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