Created for the gallery/green house at the Horticulture School of Blois France, this small installation uses a combination of video, air plants and apples to re-imagine a natural biological phenomenon – the forced flowering of Bromeliaceae plants when exposed to methane gas released by apples. Ce que la pomme sait. Wood, air plants, mud, textiles, apples and video. 2011. La femme et l’Ephémère. Lycée Horticole, Blois, France.
Translation of text: The apple is the fruit from the tree malus domestica. It is one of the best-known and widely cultivated fruit trees. Apples give off ethylene gas. Ethylene is one of the primary plant hormones.
During the life of the plant, ethylene production is induced during certain stages of growth such as germination, ripening of fruits, abscission of leaves, and senescence of flowers. The presence of an apple is sufficient to stimulate bromeliads to flower. This is the physical explanation of the phenomena.