Leaf Art

Ah, the leaves!

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Photo by John Fowler via Wikimedia Commons

We love to celebrate their whimsical dance as they fall from autumn trees …

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Photo by Alex Polezhaev via Wikimedia Commons

But … then what?

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Photo by Croesch via Wikimedia Commons

Once grounded, they tend to lose some of their romantic luster. We step on them, rake them, compost them, and send bags of them off to recycling centers.

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Photo by David Goehring via Wikimedia Commons

What if someone were to look at castaway leaves a little differently?

Anyone can love a rose,
but it takes a lot to love a leaf.
It’s ordinary to love the beautiful,
but it’s beautiful to love the ordinary.

This quote, uttered by an unknown savant, is the motto of Iranian-born artist Omid Asadi, who says, “Art for me is the way of looking differently to this world and around myself. I started to think why nobody paid attention to these beautiful leaves and trod on them, because of their name—if they were called flowers, we wouldn’t tread on them at all! I wanted to give the leaves another life and make art from them.”

So he has, and the results are nothing short of brilliant. Watch …

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