This month Black Parrot is releasing another print by Anthony Springford. One Night Only is a giclee print based on Anthony’s depiction of the spent flower of the Epiphyllum oxypetalum or Queen of the Night cactus. Coincidentally, the SMH just published an article on these wonderful plants.
Anthony’s work is often about time, transformation and loss, so this flower is a natural choice of subject. It flowers only for a night, but if you are lucky to be out in the evening they look spectacular. To quote SMH; “The flower is huge, deeply fragrant and glows as white as a full moon.”
The buds emerge slowly, explode into giant flowers at sunset and by morning collapse like jellied sea-creatures, falling off the plant. Anthony shows the flower shortly after its big night, flopping out of a crystal glass.