Claude Ponti - In Nantes Botanic Gardens

The Sunshader
texte et dessin : © Claude Ponti

The Sunshader

Sunshaders are grass species mixed with the Persian americana (avocado) of the Lauracean family originating from Mexican China as their name indicates: níuyóu guo, «buttery fruit».
They are thus genetically modified plants. An evolution of more than 10,000 years can be deduced from the number of layers of skin or stratae on their kernels, found in the Hu-Yang Hou and Xoltiace caves.
The Sunshader is the only known militant plant. 1953 marked the beginning of its campaign for garden lawns’ right to shade, which rapidly spread from the United States to the rest of the world. It will now be noticeable to you that most garden lawns are exposed (brought into view) and are denied shade (in direct sunlight).
This is an injustice. And this is why the Sunshader insists on living on lawns both in public parks and in private gardens. Here, in Nantes’ Botanic Gardens, you can admire one of the most classic representations of the Sunshader, the false shadow of a conifer taking the form of a real pine tree.

Sunshaders are capable of taking the following shadow shapes:
  • angry elephant’s sneeze
  • wintry forest of russian birch
  • tight-rope walker between Notre Dame towers
  • one flower stem of the lily of the valley
  • Pear William
  • tricentennial oak
  • tulip
  • real pine tree
  • etc. and many more which have still yet to be discovered.
  • Feeding forbidden. Watering by contract.
    Photos and interviews allowed.