Gardens of Ninfa, 2018


This bronze botanical nature medal was handmade by artist Kate Ive, in her Edinburgh studio.

It is inspired by the horticultural Gardens of Ninfa, in central Italy. The bustling ancient settlement of Ninfa was abandoned in the 17th Century after it was struck by disease. Over the years since Ninfa was abandoned and lost in time, plants have taken over. They have grown up and around the ancient ruins transforming them and reclaiming the space. Ninfa is now a beautiful rambling garden. It shows the resilience and power of nature and only glimmers the memory of its past human inhabitants.

This medal is inspired by the story of Ninfa and our impact upon nature. One side of the piece shows Saber Tooth Moss growing abundantly over the surface of what looks like a pebble. When the medal is turned over, the reverse shows the inside of a disposable plastic coffee cup lid cast in bronze. This reminds the viewer of the power of nature. It will inevitably reclaim what we leave behind when we are gone. This artwork, ‘Gardens of Ninfa’, is designed to create a contrast. It juxtaposes the beautifully sculpted organic trailing moss with the unexpected surprise of the manufactured coffee lid on the reverse. The whole piece is cast in bronze, elevating this dichotomy and transformation, bringing together plant and plastic.

This bronze botanical nature medal is an edition of 25. It is currently available for purchase. Please get in touch via the ‘Contact’ page.