An exhibition currently at Bargain Spot in Edinburgh Objects from the Temperate Palm House shows a stunning range of work by eleven contemporary artists, displayed on or incorporating some beautiful palm specimens from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s glasshouses. I was particularly taken with a ceramic piece, though it took me a moment to establish that was the material. Using a section of palm trunk as a plinth, the texture and colour of the ceramic has some similarity to rusts and is a curious object.
The show has been expertly curated by Chloe Reith and Kirsty White. I particularly appreciated the interpretive leaflet that set the palm objects and artworks on an equal standing, and gave further explanation of where they came from and the ideas behind the works. The exhibition is only on for another two weeks (closes 27 February) and I highly recommend visiting it while you can!