Gingko leaves have inspired a new porcelain collection by the Belgian artist Roos Van de Velde, in exhibition at the hunt pavilion of the Botanical Garden in Meise until January 15th, 2016. Don’t miss the opportunity to compare the lightness and fragility of the porcelain version of those lobulated leaves with the original ones, which have just turned golden before falling down to earth.
Not only are the fan-shaped leaves unique among seed plants, but the whole tree is special. Gingkoes are living fossils, the only surviving species of a family which covered the Earth 200 million years ago. When they were sent into Europe from China three centuries ago, they were thought to have disappeared in the wild until some specimens were discovered in the southwest of the Middle Kingdom. It might be the tree of the future, since it was one of the few living creatures which survived the atomic explosion in Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945. It has also medicinal properties, being studied to fight dementia.
Roos Van de Velde’s work is highly respected among connoisseurs. She privileges the naturally fragile character of porcelain, drawing inspiration from nature. Her tableware is used in the best restaurant in the world, El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain.
Image credits © Ruskin in Brussels