studio In the long-term project Growing Care Maria Ikonomopoulou has been recording, since 2005, private green areas within the public space - mainly in Rotterdam and Athens, the two cities where she lives and works.
Photographs of flower pots on the pavements of Rotterdam, lengths of string and elastic protecting - with affecting tenderness and simplicity - little islands of green on the pavements of Athens: these are the raw materials of installations in situ.
The prints are then transformed into paper flowers City Flowers through a time-consuming process of design and cutting by hand, finally taking on new and varied shapes in ephemeral installations.


City Flowers #1 . 2008
cutout prints, nails
400 x 400 cm
wall mounted, Fine Arts Centre, Rotterdam



City Flowers #2 . 2008
cutout prints, nails
300 x 200 cm
wall mounted, Fine Arts Centre, Rotterdam