Joe Massie created a floral sculpture of David Attenborough to launch Sky 3D’s new series Kingdom of Plants 3D. Joe is the current Chelsea Florist of the year, a title he has held since 2009.
50 species of plants and over 1000 flowers were used to create the lifelike design. It features phalaenopsis orchids, delphiniums, muscari, vanda orchids, hydrangea, roses, nigella, passion flowers and stachys leaves amongst others. The focal plant in the hands of the sculpture is a phalaenopsis orchid. It took Joe and his team of 6 florists 2 days to complete.
The close up image shows how detailed the design was and the beautiful selection of materials Joe used. Joe said “ It was a great challenge to take on. The finished sculpture embodies everything that the series has to offer: Sir David with the world of Kew’s exciting plants all set in a 3D form. To have the man himself come face to face with the sculpture really completes the scene and I hope he is as thrilled as we are with the finished work.”
Kingdom of Plants 3D was filmed at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew using ground-breaking technology and 3D time laspe techniques. The three part series starts tonight on Sky 3D and in 2D on Sky Atlantic at 6pm.
David Attenborough said “This is certainly a first! I never imagined that I would come face to face with my floral double – Joe worked extremely hard on the artwork”