Design of the Week: Captured Flowers

By on June 1st, 2015 in Design


This week’s selection is the amazing set of 3D printed wildflowers by artist Darlene Farris-LaBar. 

At first glance, her work appears to be a selection of wonderfully realistic 3D printed flowers, but there’s a lot more to it. 

It turns out that the artist is focusing on wildflowers in specific areas, attempting to bring focus on specific species usually found in that geography. She explains: 

It’s my goal to make people more aware of what’s happening to our natural environment. 

And it really works: usually one travels through an area without much regard for the specific flowers found along the way, but with these 3D printed wildflower installations, visitors absolutely look very closely at the flowers to a degree they may not outside in the wilds. Farris-LaBar explains more in this video:

It may be that having seen the 3D printed installation, people will have a better appreciation for wildflowers in their area: “I saw a 3D printed version of that flower!”

Farris-LaBar has developed several sets of wildflower installations representing typical species found in a few areas. We suspect she’ll be doing a lot more in the future. 

Via Darlene Farris-LaBar

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!