Falling in Love With the Unknown

Cherry Blossoms Close-up

Cherry Blossoms Close-up

On Easter morning we went for a cycle trip, when we noticed that the street was lined with thousands of pink flowers. More leaves were floating down from the pink blooming cherry trees with every new breeze. What a beautiful view!

A lady was watching from the window ( I heard that this used to be regarded as the favourite pastime of Germans for many years, before TV took over), as we stopped and started to pick up hands full of these fresh blossoms and packing them into my shopping bag. Curious about our actions, she asked, what we plan to do with it and was not too impressed when I told her that I do not know.

I really did not know. I just knew they were pretty, they were abundant and available and easy to collect. And I knew I would find something to do with it…

For two days I just did not have the time to even think about it. On the third, I knew the time is running out, as the petals will start to rot. I enjoyed watching the petals float from the trees, so I thought lots and lots of floating petals would be something fun to film.

Fortunately my husband and his daughter had a bit of time and were willing to assist me on the very vague idea and so off we went with some cameras, the buckets of petals and – in the last moment I thought of taking along our mirror as a large round shape.

The vague idea turned into a bit of frustration, as we tried to find a way of doing it and make it look good. Look good for me from an artist point of view and look good for my husband who is the expert in filming. But the beauty of creativity and working with what you have, is that if one idea does not work out, there are millions of possible alternatives. And there is always something one can do.

Maybe it is not the grandest of projects or delivers the most spectacular results, but we sure had lots of creative fun, excellent teamwork and a great time together. There might be a short video one day and there are some photos.

And we brought some excitement and beauty to the life of some people and dogs who passed by ‘a woman in a tree playing cherry blossom fairy’…

Being the cherry blossom fairy sprinkler

Being the cherry blossom fairy sprinkler

Alarmed dog who was not allowed to investigate

Alarmed dog who was not allowed to investigate

The camera crew seen from up the tree

The camera crew seen from up the tree

Creative assistants having fun

Creative assistants having fun

View from the tree

View from the tree: My favourite image…

Displaced mirror with petals

Displaced mirror with petals

Spring Circle

Finished Work: Spring Circle

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8 thoughts on “Falling in Love With the Unknown

    1. Imke Rust Post author

      Thank you, Celia! We had lots of fun and it is good to know that we can virtually let others partake in it and that others enjoy looking at what we made.

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  1. Ute

    I love the leery dog and the look at the sky trough a ring of blossoms – quite different approaches to the world! If the dog had a window it would surely watch people from above too – perhaps together with its mistress.

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    1. Imke Rust Post author

      The dog was so cute and looked so suspicious of our actions, I had to just take a picture of him.
      Initially I thought of the mirror just as an easy way to make a nice circle, but once I placed it on the ground and looked down from the tree, I loved the joining of heaven, earth and the tree branches through it.

      Yes, I guess we all love to watch, and to me it is really a pity that we seldom know what is going on in our street right outside of our doors, but everything that is going on on television… LG

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  2. Indigo Spider

    Beautiful as always. I love your creativity! The mirror photo is beautiful but the last one, Spring Circle reminds me of two things: circle of life and another circle art piece you made out of thorns in Namibia. It also is another piece left for others to wonder “what happened here” 🙂

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    1. Imke Rust Post author

      Yes, the eternal circle… such a powerful and beautiful shape and symbol. And you have written the beautiful poem about the Tokolosh Trap – the circle of thorns…

      That is the part I love most about art in the public space and land art – it is natural and can be seen by anybody who happens to walk past and notices… Yesterday the circle was still fairly intact, today it seems the birds have had a feast scratching through the unusual heap of flower leaves 🙂

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  3. juttadobler

    🙂 Hello flower fairy, the image with the petals and the tree in the mirror is stunning! Love your creativity and enthusiasm! xxx J
    Btw. might be moving to Berlin in August 🙂

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    1. Imke Rust Post author

      Oh, so wonderfulto hear from you again, dear Jutta!!! And thank you! I also love the mirror reflecting the tree and sky inbetween the petals so much.
      Wow, it would be so awesome if you would move to Berlin!!! Hope it works out! hugs to you! xxx

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