Ana Flores: Earth Inform Studio

Herb Ladies

Wilcox Park, Westerly RI

Galvanized Metal, Concrete, Plants

"Herb Ladies" is an ongoing series of outdoor sculptures made for gardens and park settings. They are female figures, a little larger than life size, made out of ornamental ironwork and cast cement

The torso and skirts are fashioned out of metal rod and become a caged enclosure alluding to grills, gates, bird cages and trellises. The head and arms are modeled realistically first in clay then cast in pigmented cement. Inside the dress growing vines are planted.

Their growth, flowering and seasonal patterns become an essential element of the sculpture. The planting of the sculpture also adds an element of community participation and involvement in the aesthetics of the piece.

Her 'dress' can change yearly depending on the whim and imagination of the gardener or gardeners.