"'Flora Exemplar' began life when a maquette of the sculpture was presented to the president of Technion, the University of Technology, Haifa, Israel, in the Queens Hall in Parliament House, Victoria in 1996. This led to the commissioning of the 4.6 meter-high version of the sculpture in Sapir Town, Arava, Israel. Speaking of 'Flora Exemplar' one critic wrote, the 'mysterious body plant embodies nature's pure beauty perceived through the appreciation of the human eye'. ... Rogers is pleased that a number of the edition of 'Flora Exemplar' are going to outdoor locations around the world, including Grounds for Sculpture, a 22-acre sculpture park in New Jersey, the Stonebriar Office Park, Dallas, Texas, a public park in Kobe, Japan, the Copelan Development, Melbourne, as well as the park in the Arava Desert, Israel. 'It's very interesting to see the same form set in different surroundings', he says. 'For instance, the sculpture I have just completed in the Arava Desert is located in one of the most extreme climates in the world. My excitement is that the heat and cold will test the strength of this work, and the Desert sands will tear into it, reshaping it, changing it over time".
extract from: Roger Taylor, 'Searching spirit', World Sculpture News, Autumn 1998
Referenced in 3 publications
Anna Clabburn, Andrew Rogers: rhythms of life, 'Liberating the captive: Andrew Rogers - a sculptor's history', pg. 5-8, Unknown, 1997, 8, 10 (colour illus.), back cover (colour illus.), 26-27. There are several editions of 'Flora Exemplar' reproduced in this brochure of varying sizes and in different sites. The brochure reproduces many of Rogers' sculptures, with an introduction by Ken Scarlett.
Roger Taylor, World Sculpture News, 'Searching spirit', pg. 36-41, Hong Kong, Autumn 1998, front cover (colour illus.), 5, 41. The edition reproduced on the cover appears to be one which is located at the Grounds for Sculpture, New Jersey, USA. The article addresses the concept for 'Flora Exemplar' and the 'Rhythms of Life' series.
Murray Waldren, The Weekend Australian magazine, 'Sculptor at large", pg. 26-28, Sydney, 01 Apr 2000-02 Apr 2000, 28 (illus.). An edition of this work is reproduced with others from the 'Rhythms of Life' series, in a garden setting.