Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Cactus art: Double Cactus / Doppelkaktus

I recently got in contact with the German artist Klaus Weber who works with cacti (among other things) in an artistic context.

Double Cactus by Klaus Weber
Double Cactus by Klaus Weber

Klaus would like to exhibit a Double Cactus in New York, i.e. a piece consisting of two San Pedro (Trichocereus pachanoi) plants grafted together to form one, mirrored plant similar to the ones pictured in this post. Unfortunately Klaus has encountered problems with bringing the plant(s) into the US from Germany and consequently he is looking for a US resident who can help him recreate the grafted cactus piece “in situ”. If you (or anybody you know) are a skilled grafter with the inclination to collaborate with Klaus on creating a Double Cactus in the states, please get in touch with me.

Another Double Cactus
Another Double Cactus

I'm especially infatuated with the last picture – the cacti that sort of grow into each other, reflected in the mirror they sit on, go perfectly with the pillar that transcends smoothly from the “actual” world into the reality behind the looking glass.

The pictures are used with the kind permission of Klaus Weber.


  1. but they don't acutally grow into each other, do they? just looks like it, right?

    btw: VERY much appreciate your blog, have been reading for quite some time.

    you should look into edible cacti as well, a world quite interesting and unknown to many

    if you'd like you can have a look at mine: www.vigdisheisler.tk or http://nyckmaskin.blogspot.com

  2. Well, they don't grow into each other per se, but their vascular bundles are fused at the graft interface so the plants are certainly interconnected.

    Regarding edible cactus, I've considered getting some nopales but I don't know where to find room for such sprawling plants ;-)


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