The next time you find yourself wandering in nature, perhaps picking a few blooms for your bud vase, you may want to think beyond the vase. You can actually turn those found buds, bark and flowers into an au naturel Nike hightop. Well, at least that’s what French artist Christophe Guinet did.
This is not the first time someone has made a Nike shoe out of something other than cloth and rubber. A while back, designer Olle Hemmendorff made a hightop from a hamburger, and illustrator David Brownings even made some out of paper. But Guinet’s Just Grow It series is not a gimmick. It’s a seriously centerpiece-worthy spectacle.
Occasionally Guinet will take an old Nike and use it as a makeshift planter, but we especially love when the shoe is covered sole to tongue in bark or buds. His piece Flower Power is covered entirely in yellow flowers with the exception of the Nike swoosh, which is made with white flowers. The only evidence of these Nikes’ original footwear function is the laces peeking through each pair.
It’s fun to see a sports icon like a classic Nike, endorsed by athletes and coveted by sneakerheads worldwide, remade with such precision and detail from materials you can find right outside your door. Guinet wants to challenge art lovers and sneaker lovers to rediscover beauty beyond our #OOTD, and we have to say it’s working.
How would you rediscover Nikes with a new material? Let us know in the comments!
(h/t Fast Company)