By Rebecca Horne
Seeing the leaves coming out this season raises the spirits, but just how much do you love plants? have you been giving yours plain old H20 and light? have you considered treating them to gourmet meals? What about TV dinners? even the most dedicated green-thumb will find it hard to compete with the enthusiasm of artist-philosopher Jonathon Keats. Keats has installed a “photosynthetic restaurant” that will provide lucky plants at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento with healthful and appetizing meals freshly prepared by filtering and mixing the full spectrum of sunlight.
“honestly I’m surprised that nobody else has done this,” says Keats. ”For nearly a half billion years, plants have subsisted on a diet of photons haphazardly served up by the sun and indiscriminately consumed, without the least thought given to culinary enjoyment. Frankly, it’s barbaric.” To rectify this situation, Keats has turned to the botanical research of institutions including US Department of Agriculture and the Siberian Academy of Sciences. “though plants can’t taste or smell, their sensory apparatus is incredibly sophisticated,” Keats explains. his solar gastronomy is tailored to their leafy physiology. from from April 16 to July 17, 2011, in Crocker Art Museum gardens, panes of colored acrylic will be positioned to filter specific wavelengths of light over the course of the day as the sun arcs across the sky.
“Jonathon has a long history of catering to other species,” notes Scott Shields, associate director and chief curator of the Crocker. For instance, Keats has choreographed ballet for honeybees at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts by selectively planting flowers around San Francisco hives. He has also produced pornography for house plants by projecting videos of pollination onto their foliage in a darkened theater at the Armand Hammer Museum. “Jonathon’s efforts to share aspects of human culture with other species encourage us to scrutinize our own cultural values,” Shields observes. Keats has now packaged his signature recipes for easy consumption anywhere, by videotaping select wavelengths of natural sunlight and editing them into a quick and convenient TV dinner (shown above). By playing this one-hour video on a monitor near indoor flora, even houseplants can be offered mixtures of bright colors including orange and violet and yellow.
<a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/ideas-market/2011/04/29/tree-huggers-put-your-love-to-the-test/?mod=google_news_blogtag:news.google.com,2005:cluster=http://blogs.wsj.com/ideas-market/2011/04/29/tree-huggers-put-your-love-to-the-test/?mod=google_news_blogFri, 29 Apr 2011 13:12:37 GMT 00:00″>Tree-Huggers, Put Your Love to the Test