Massachusetts House, 2011
The earliest study of tendrils was in Charles Darwin’s On the Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants, first published in 1875. Darwin examined the idea of circumnutation, the motion of growing stems and tendrils seeking supports, and he observed the phenomenon in which tendrils adopt the shape of two sections of counter-twisted helices with a transition in the middle. The forms of the wall painting, commissioned for a private residence, are informed by this notion of spatial organisation and originate from a series of drawings made of passion flower tendrils.
Photos: Jennifer Garza-Cuen