Emma Davis

We Bought a Zoo inspires artwork at Plymouth College of Art’s Summer Show

Emma Davis
Emma Davis was inspired by We Bought a Zoo to create her cress infused chair at Plymouth College of Art

An artwork on display at Plymouth College of Art’s Summer Show was inspired by the book We Bought a Zoo, by Devon’s Benjamin Mee.

Emma Davies, who created the work, was inspired by Ben’s book, which has a quote from Professor Frumkin about plants improving people’s health, both mentally and physically.

“I just wanted to make a piece which would take a normal object and turn it into something which would make us happy,” said Emma.

She used large sheets of handmade paper cut to size and sewed them onto an arm-chair. She then wet the paper and pushed in the cress seeds.

The work is on display at Plymouth College of Art Summer Show until June 29. But it has a short life span, she explained: “It does have a very short shelf life. I’m having to water it every day during the run of the Summer Show. Afterwards, I’m hoping to keep the chair for a summer restoration project.”

Emma’s work is on display in the courtyard building on the ground floor. The entire college, including Studio 11, on Regent Street, is open as a free public gallery every until June 29.

Work on display includes fine art, film, animation, games design, photography, graphic design and illustration, fashion and textiles, glass, metals, ceramics, jewellery and more.

For more information telephone Plymouth College of Art on 01752 203434 or visit www.plymouthart.ac.uk