while walking along a landscaped path, friends and creative collaborators ben polkinghorne and scott kelly noticed something peculiar: the petals of fallen magnolia flowers scattered across the footpath displayed distinctive ‘bruised’ markings from people stepping on top of them. ‘the weight of people walking atop the freshly fallen petals — and the shoes on their feet — caused a reaction best described as bruising,’ the duo describe. ‘we gathered a collection of the most iconic shoes we could find, and we stood all over a bunch of petals.’

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NIKE jordan academy

 

 

ben polkinghorne and scott kelly’s project ‘sole impressions’ sees 11 pairs of famous footwear — from the NIKE jordan academy to converse chuck taylors — create an imprint on delicate magnolia skins. after stepping on the petals for extended periods of time, the duo found the soles of each shoe ’embossed’ interesting patterns onto the petal, adding brand motifs and company signatures onto the fragile flower remains. marking the first piece of art polkinghorne and kelly created together, ‘sole impressions’ is available as an edition of 100 from the archivist’s gallery in london and subversion gallery in glasgow.

footwear sole impressions
NIKE jordan academy, sole impression on a magnolia petal 

footwear sole impressions
converse chuck taylor all star

footwear sole impressions
converse chuck taylor all star, sole impression on a magnolia petal 

footwear sole impressions
birkenstock arizona

footwear sole impressions
birkenstock arizona, sole impression on a magnolia petal 

footwear sole impressions
timberland 6-inch buck

footwear sole impressions
timberland 6-inch buck, sole impression on a magnolia petal 

footwear sole impressions
adidas originals superstar

footwear sole impressions
adidas originals superstar, sole impression on  a magnolia petal 

footwear sole impressions
vans authentic decon

footwear sole impressions
vans authentic decon, sole impression on a magnolia petal 

footwear sole impressions
reebok classic

footwear sole impressions
reebok classic, sole impression on a magnolia petal 

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