In collaboration with artist Benjamin Single, Dion has designed these orchid gardens to be kept indoors, as living art. Simply spray them with misty water, and the rare mountain moss and orchids will add colour and life to any interior.
They are crafted from the mighty Mountain Ash (Tasmanian Oak) and sourced on a private property in the Victorian highlands, where their demise was natural. These majestic, native, trees had been standing dead for nearly ten years—a perfectly natural drying process—and were felled by Dion before going to ground to rot. They finish curing slowly in the studio for three years and look exactly as they did on the mountain, with colours ranging from a multitude of grey shades, through to a pastel rainbow and pink. Some still bear the scars of local wild Samba deer, rubbing his antlers against the trees. In some places the timber has been burnt and clear coated (this will not rub off).
They are mounted as three, at varying heights, on 32mm furniture-grade, laminated, birch plywood.