Lonely, unwanted drinking glasses left at bus stops, on benches and at the curb get a second shot at being functional household objects with custom-made porcelain inserts that turn them into quirky, beautiful transparent planters. Creator Alicja Patanowska scouts public spaces in London between 4 and 6 in the morning to find discarded glasses in all shapes and sizes.
The artist then hand-crafts inserts made specifically for each individual glass. When used right-side-up, the inserts sit on the lip of the glass, a hole in the bottom enabling the plant’s roots to reach water. Turned upside-down, with the glass on top, they become tiny terrariums perfect for sprouting seeds.
The result – named ‘The PLANTATION’ by Patanowska – allows the observation of the plant as it grows in both the stem and the root.
“This product allows the consumer the opportunity to reinvent the function of an ordinary glass vessel and give it a new context and purpose,” says Patanowska. “Look for the many possibilities that surround you to create your own home breeding plantation!”