Su Rynard Seed Bank

Paul Petro Contemporary Art ⁠ accessible_forward

As a filmmaker and videographer active since the mid-1980s, Su Rynard’s work conveys a deep sense of memory and place. Drawn to science as a departure point for artistic inquiry, Seed Bank is an installation exploring human constructions of “nature.”

This seed bank located in London, England, is a repository for endangered plant life and an insurance policy against apocalyptic disasters. Far from being a Garden of Eden, this high-tech controlled environment is designed to preserve nature. Documented from the outside through multiple layers of glass, Rynard’s considered images capture reflections of the natural environment, mediated within the architecture of a man-made fortress.