A point on a pilgrimage route between dimensions,
a place to come and listen...
Inspired by the life cycle and geometry of the dandelion (taraxacum officinale), taraxos is a model for understanding and listening to the world. Artist Sophia Al-Maria considers the dandelion an emblem of freedom and resistance, as each seed has the potential to become an agent of resilience and change. The sculpture taraxos is a meditative place for anyone to slow down time for themselves and take space to listen. Visitors are invited to enter the sculpture, to touch it, breathe and make a wish.
Make your pilgrimage to taraxos:
Adjacent to Serpentine South Gallery
Serpentine x Modern Forms Sculpture Commission
Open Dawn to Dusk
21 June 2021 - 24 April 2022
taraxos is an ongoing collaborative project with Sophia Al-Maria at Serpentine inspired by the common dandelion, ruminating and exploring the seeding of new ideas, kinship, breathwork and abolitionist thinking.
On the Winter Solstice 2020, Sophia Al-Maria, Kelsey Lu and Tosh Basco presented tarax’sup? a meditative audio exercise for grounding from bud to blossom to seed to root.
On the Spring Equinox 2021, Sophia Al-Maria and Leila Dear shared A Wish is a Form of Travel, a conversation about the mathematics of flowers and the healing power of geometry, with a new series of drawings Dear produced for the project based on the structure of a dandelion blowball.
Part three, taraxos, launches on 21 June 2021, the Summer Solstice.
Artists acknowledgements for the sculpture… Thanks to Becky Dumitriu, George Barden, Crystal Bennett, Julie Burnell, Ricky Collett, Max Fry, Mike Gaughan, Jack Goodwin, Helen Grima, Will Hedges, Rory McKay, Rob Nye, Nigel Schofield, Chris Sullivan and Lee Swainston
Produced and curated by Tamar Clarke-Brown, Kay Watson and Melissa Blanchflower
Design by Roxy Zeiher
Microsite by Black Shuck Cooperative
Photo credit: Crystal Bennett
Audio: tarax’sup?, 2020 by Sophia Al-Maria, Kelsey Lu and Tosh Basco
Transcript Poster by Jonna Mayer