Ridding the World One Faux Plant at a Time
"Ridding the World One Faux Plant at a Time"
The case for live plants is an interesting one because their only real competition is artificial plants and these are found in abundance throughout our offices, churches, libraries, hospitals, hotels, and even within the cemetery. They are a symbol of our culture, too busy, tired, or overwhelmed to care about another living thing in our lives, yet we clearly thirst and crave this node to nature otherwise we wouldn't have bought the faux arrangement to begin with.
I have a beautiful faux arrangement in my office and use this as a test. A year ago I put a small rectangular vase with three fake hydrangeas sitting in a solution of what looks like water on the corner of my work desk. I've received plenty of compliments on the arrangement, however, when people get closer to it I tell them that it is fake. They look surprised and then suddenly disinterested and walk away. I can't label what this reaction is, but it doesn't occur when guests rub the the large dark green leaves of my peace lily between their fingers or smell the real flowers cut off from a lilac bush from a neighbor's yard.
Do you think we are innately incapable of truly being moved by artificial plants? I wonder if this is the same effect zoo and aquarium environments have on the animals, the display is natural enough but not the real thing. You and I are living in the real world, not an artificial version of it. So why must we surround ourselves with plastic versions of plants?