christophe guinet crafts living NIKE sneakers from flowers
all images courtesy of christophe guinet

 

 

 

parisian artist christophe guinet rethinks the iconic NIKE slogan with his project ‘just grow it’ by cultivating sneaker-shaped vegetable and plant-based sculptures. the sneakers, signifying cult products of urban youth, are transformed into compositions made from rocks, poppies, seeds, flower petals and wood. assembled with patience and with remarkable dexterity, the plant shoes are rendered in a hyper-realistic state, with every facet of the sneaker from the sole to the swoosh pieced together with the environmental materials. the project asks the viewer to rediscover the beauty in nature, not just in manufacturing.

christophe guinet crafts living NIKE sneakers from flowers
‘seed’ comprises an tightly-packed array of environmental materials

christophe guinet crafts living NIKE sneakers from flowers
making-of ‘seed’ using a NIKE SB and tiny particles of plant life

christophe guinet crafts living NIKE sneakers from flowers
‘grasshopper’ shoe is formed from fuzzy plant particles and small flower buds

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detail of ‘grasshopper’ using a NIKE SB

christophe guinet crafts living NIKE sneakers from flowers
the tools and materials used in the making-of ‘grasshopper’

christophe guinet crafts living NIKE sneakers from flowers
‘rock’ is made from soil and earth, with a small tree growing out from the shoe

christophe guinet crafts living NIKE sneakers from flowers
detail of ‘rock’ illustrates the closely-packed soil pieces used to form the sculpture

christophe guinet crafts living NIKE sneakers from flowers
making-of ‘rock’, surrounded by the materials used in its creation

christophe guinet crafts living NIKE sneakers from flowers
‘flower power’ is formed from a mass arrangement of yellow buds

christophe guinet crafts living NIKE sneakers from flowers
detail of ‘flower power’ using a NIKE SB

christophe guinet crafts living NIKE sneakers from flowers
making-of ‘flower power’ and the materials used in its creation