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Brief Published: 14 Feb 2013

Grow Love With Me by Yoko Ono


Japanese conceptual artist Yoko Ono has released a limited-edition artwork appropriate for an alternative romantic gift this Valentine’s Day – a ‘magic bean’ that grows to reveal the word love. 

In a patented process, the plant’s seed has been laser-etched with the word ‘love’, which is revealed as the Canavalia Gladiata (more commonly known as the Swordbean) grows. The word appears on the seed’s coating and then once this layer is shed, on the seed itself. Contained inside a recyclable aluminium can, once fully grown it can be transferred to a larger container and live for several years in a warm climate, or indoors. 

Grow Love With Me has been commissioned for the Serpentine Gallery, London and costs £26 ($40). The piece is consistent with similar unconventional and poetic ways to declare your love this Valentine’s Day. For more inspiration, see Stylus’ Valentine’s Day Seasonal Overview.

Serpentine Gallery