Houseplants Get Rockstar Treatment in L.A.’s Hammer Museum


If I had to pick one thing in my apartment that could really use some pampering, well, I’d choose me. But if I had a second choice it would be one of my houseplants. Minus the succulents, which are as strong and hearty as little lumberjacks, the rest have gone to pot–literally. I’ll admit I’ve got some greening up of my thumbs to do, but I’d prefer instead to drop off my neglected greenery at UCLA’s Hammer Museum and have someone else pamper them back to health instead. Yes, a pile of plants from L.A. area homes are currently enrolled in a month-long vacation of sorts put on by the museum’s artists in residence, Machine Project. The lucky sprouts are lovingly tended to during their stay, and even get to have their portraits taken by photographer Lisa Ann Auerbach.

When they’re not being readied for their close-up, the motley crew of creeping greens gets to lounge in front of a wall of sun-drenched windows. (So that’s what my plants are missing.) I love the look of this long row of industrial shelving acting as camp cabin for the plants while on their stay. Sadly the plant vacation is closed to new campers, but if you’re in the L.A. area you can still check out the exhibit through August 28th. Perhaps it will be the incentive you need to create your own houseplant haven at home.

Via Echo Park Now

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