This sculpture depicts a tobacco flower. A perforated tobacco leaf (having succumbed to a virus) served as the now absent shield. The calyx resembles an old-fashioned gramophone horn. The sculpture was created by Vinh Phuong (1959- ) for the new Botanical Centre (De Banaan) near De Dreijen Arboretum in 1993. It was relocated in 2010 to the field on the western side of Impulse.
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