The ever changing display at The Calyx, Plants with Bite now has a one of a kind exhibition in collaboration with 21 talented artists from The Illustration Room. The blood-thirsty carnivorous plants are the inspiration of a series of vintage comic and film themed posters.
Using a range of techniques, each illustrator was given the artistic license to tell the wild and wonderful story of lobster pots, bladders, flypapers and more fascinating, bug-munching plants. Below is only a small selection of the dazzling display of talent, but the free exhibition is on until 30 April coinciding with Garden Art Month.
Savage Jungle Mountain Cat
Using a hero character from the universe Cat Island, Paul Brocher's comic book cover tells the story of kittens being attacked by Drosophyllum. The more the kittens struggle, the savage jungles long tentacles coil and trap them, so Mountain Cat must swoop in for the rescue.
An avid plant collector himself, James Boast brings the tropical jungle to the CBD where no one is safe from the blood-thirsty plants.
They started growing at The Calyx and didn’t stop. The Takeover has begun. They’ve grown to gargantuan sizes. Instead of eating flies, these oversized exotic plants are devouring Sydney, eating people, cars, buildings.
Beauty, not beast
A not-so-scary interpretation of Plants with Bite was created by Clementine Blule, a friendly super-hero plant Beast who is a good giant living in a world of disaster.
The Beast represents the beauty of carnivorous plants and their fascinating sense of survival in very unfriendly environments.
He is a water god, a sorcerer and a teacher, growing beautiful, carnivorous fly-traps on him, teaching young children how they can survive by eating insects, where to find water and how to take care of the planet.