The teacher nature – tell

Cultivating self-awareness and calm through contemplation is probably one of the oldest practices we know of, and flower gazing is perhaps one of the most popular. It is no coincidence, then, that many artists have made important installations with this theme. This is the case of Emmanuelle Moureaux with Mix Color, in Omotesando, Tokyo, where he hung more than 25,000 paper flowers above a twenty-foot atrium; or the installation by potter Paul Cummins and set designer Tom Piper, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, which had 888,246 ceramic red poppies in the Tower of London Moat. However, nothing surpasses the first artist: nature, creator and organizer of everything that exists, the teacher, as Rembrandt pointed out. It contains all the unimaginable colors, shapes and volumes, full of harmony, in which each unit, beautiful on its own, is capable of forming an even more extraordinary whole. It is perhaps for this reason that Van Gogh said that only by loving it could art be understood in depth.

It is in the Atacama desert, with scarce vegetation that precariously survives with the camanchaca, where Nature makes one of the most extraordinary “installations”, magical in its genesis, generous in its dedication and silent in its execution: the flowering of the desert. Unlike other deserts, such as in Namibia or Australia, the flowering that occurs here is unexpected, because the Atacama is one of the driest deserts on the planet. When rainfall exceeds 15 mm and temperatures do not drop below average, every five or ten years, nature performs the best of its works, awakening and activating the memory of just over two hundred species, many of them endemic, that can remain dormant for decades in the desert. In the interior plains of Vallenar and Copiapó, the Patas de Guanaco and Los Suspiros extend for kilometers between sandy mountains and plains painted in fuchsia and white, dotted with añañucas. In the coastal mountains, on the contrary, the diversity of colors abounds, because to these plants are added the Lirio de Campo, the Amancay, the Corona del Fraile, the Huilli, among many, and the great protagonist: the Garra de León , difficult to observe. This year the rainfall was copious and, according to experts, this will be the largest bloom in the last twenty years. Certainly an unmissable show.

In the midst of this aridity and with rapid processes of germination, growth and flowering, nature is capable of exposing incredible information of light, color, shape, rhythm and movement, which it unfolds abundantly and generously, as if from the densification of energy concerned, stored in bulbs, tubers and very small seeds. It is, without a doubt, its enormous diversity of expression the first source of inspiration.