Flora Hominis

Flora Hominis was commissioned by the Royal Botanical Gardens (Burlington, ON) in commemoration of the garden’s founder Thomas McQuesten. Cast in bronze, Flora Hominis consists of a life sized figure that appears to be Thomas McQuesten from a distance; on closer inspection, the sculpture reveals itself to be composed of a collection of local flora and native plants. The artwork is intended to connect the representation of McQuesten to the rich and vibrant ecosystem of the Royal Botanical Garden that he was pivotal in creating. Flora Hominis addresses the interconnected ecosystem that humans inhabit along with all other forms of organic life. The title of the work, Flora Hominis, is the Latin translation of the words plant and human, and is intended to encapsulate the interdependency of both.