‘Community’ contains the greatest number of elements of Law’s work’s to date, including over 10,000 specimens grown and foraged from the Toledo landscape alongside Law’s entire private collection of preserved flora. In total the artwork contains 520,000 elements, each individually wired into garlands with the help of 1000 local volunteer hours.
Rebecca Louise Law:
‘I was struck by the strength and sense of compassion for the community embodied by The Toledo Museum of Art. I really wanted this artwork to showcase the incredible community work which exists within and without the walls of the Museum. Local groups and volunteers will come together to help my team and I to cut, press, wire and hang thousands of locally grown flowers to stamp Toledo’s indelible mark on this work. The 10,000 local plants which we’ll use in the artwork will be returned to the local community (minus the flowers) still very much alive and ready to flower again in the future. My artwork is for sharing. I make these installations to enable people to interact with nature, to give time to observe and be moved by the beauty of creation.”