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In signings of political accords, contracts, treaties, and decrees, powerful men flank floral centerpieces curated to convey the importance of the signatories and the institutions they represent. Photographs of the recreated centerpieces from these signings, together with their stories, underscore how the stagecraft of political and economic power is created, performed, marketed, and maintained. For the recreations, the flowers present at each signing were identified from archival sources by a botanist.
To purchase this item directly from our New York Shop, please send us an email or call us at the number below. Texts by Daniel E. The economist and investigative journalist Nicholas Kulish discusses the shakeable world order since , as seen by Simon in her body of work, and the botanist Daniel Atha looks at adaptation and survival in the plant world as a mirror for human political action. A short story by the fiction writer Hanan Al-Shayk winds in and around the work, extending and contextualizing its meaning. Her methodology, often scarcely visible in the final product, is a valuable resources that should be explored in itself. This vibrantly illustrated publication is an essential accompaniment to the work.
His Hortus gramineus Woburnensis catalogues the results of soil and planting experiments conducted to enhance the performance and nutritive value of various types of grass cultivated for animal fodder. Plant communities composed of diverse species, Sinclair found, produce a greater yield than less species-rich plots. The sculptures can also be exhibited in a closed format on a half-scale press with the top weight surmounting its singly stacked pages. Her project originated in her observation that in photographs documenting the ratification of official treaties an arrangement of cut flowers typically adorns the setting in which signatories convene. Such bouquets, Simon proposes, parallel the arrangements and rearrangements of power they ceremonially mark.
What's New? New Bestsellers Trade Academic D. Catalog D. Publishers D. Simon noticed the ubiquity of floral displays at these occasions. To refocus attention on the workings of power at these signings, she took an oblique approach: a re-creation of the flower arrangements. The flowers were originally a decorative note, a reflex to signal the importance of the occasion.