All photos taken by MerlinDB

" The Alchemy "

Conceptual Herbarium Art Installation at Botanist 

Spring is a time of rebirth, rejuvenation and renewal. It is time for the snow to melt away and for people to go out and enjoy the warm sunshine and breathe in the fresh spring air. 

But since 2020, the world hasn’t been able to welcome spring with open arms. Now we have learned words like “social distancing” and “flatten the curve.” Instead of being out in our communities, we have learned to stay in and be glued to our TVs, listening for any new developments. 

Businesses, especially those in the service industries have definitely felt the effects. As people begin to go out less and leave home only for necessities, it becomes even more challenging to attract customers to a luxurious spa or a fine French meal. 

It seems as if life is put on pause and the world is holding its breath. But perhaps spring also brings with it a renewed sense of hope that things will get better. People will get better. Customers will return. Businesses will come alive and thrive. Life will go on. 

If there’s anything to be learned from this trying time, it’s that we should preserve the present for as long as we can. This is the thought and the inspiration behind the new herbarium artwork series by WA MOGA 29 entitled “ The Alchemy ”, a commercial customization of artworks, specially created for Botanist in Vancouver. 

Each piece is uniquely handcrafted by Reiko Katayama who practices “wabi-sabi” or the art of imperfection using the finest dried and preserved plants from around the world. She shares an aesthetic of refined minimalism and a passion for form and function. 

These customizable herbarium art pieces are a reminder that despite the challenges the world is facing, spring brings hope; that we can bounce back renewed, revitalized, rejuvenated and eventually make our way back to a healing path. And just like the delicate beauty preserved in each herbarium, every moment is precious and life is to be appreciated for however long we have. 

Private orders are available for hotels, restaurants, design professionals and other establishments.