Last Saturday I went on a day trip to London (more about the day soon). At this time of year it is a must to go and see the Christmas decorations in the windows at Selfridges. This year the theme seemed to be white and the windows didn’t grab my attention. Until I came to the window display pictured below!!
A giant snow globe featuring an Orchid sculpture by Mark Quinn. You may recall I posted about another of his sculptures that featured in an exhibition at Chatsworth last year. The orchid displayed at Selfridges is called “Geography of Desire” and sits amidst a swirl of snowflakes called “Blizzard of Desire”.
The oversized flower is encased with white snow flakes, which, with the help of several wind machines, swirl around, creating the image of a permanently shaken snow storm. Called “Blizzard of Desire”, the art installation is part of the store’s Christmas experience.
Marc Quinn, British artist, said, “It’s taken one of my sculptures that I made of a flower called Geography of Desire, which is a bronze sculpture of a flower and then I put it in the window and turned the whole window into a snow dome and so you have this amazing kind of artificial blizzard, it’s something that you couldn’t really do any where else.”
Marc Quinn said, “They are great because they are very sculptural, they’re really sexual, but they’re still just a flower, I mean I never alter them. But when you make it bigger it just looks like some many other different things, its beautiful form, it just kind of links into nature in some way.”