paper gardens

 BY  THE YOUNG NEVER SLEEP

335 North Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32801

At 8 feet high and 60 feet long, Paper Gardens, a new artwork at SkyHouse, brings 1400 cubic feet of vibrant color to Downtown Orlando.

Seven major ecosystems are recognized in Florida, with as many as 82 distinct plant and animal communities. The combination of vast water sources and flat landscapes make changes in elevation transformational for these ecosystems. The range of environments, from marshlands to arid desert, creates an incredible array of colorful foliage unique to Florida. Paper Gardens showcases some of Central Florida’s most exotic, native plant life in exaggerated colors for a striking and educational street-scape experience. Installed in 2016, on permanent view at 335 North Magnolia Avenue, Orlando FL. 

Plantlife on view: Monstera Deliciosa, Bromeliad FlowerAbyssinian BananaWater LotusDwarf Palmetto, Sago Palm, Taro Plant, Elephant Ear, Snake Plant

One of Three

One of Three

Two of Three

Two of Three

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Three of Three

Three of Three

Bromeliad Flower

Bromeliad Flower

Thanks to the Novare Group for their support of progressive contemporary design. Thanks to SkyHouse Orlando for giving Paper Gardens a perfect home. Thanks to Ambient Plus Studio in Atlanta, Georgia for providing (east coast) production space for this project.

Thanks to the artistic staff who made Paper Gardens a success. THE YOUNG NEVER SLEEP STUDIO, Branden Collins - Art Director, Designer of Paper Gardens www.TheYoungNeverSleep.com @TheYoungNeverSleep  

 Paula Cuevas - Design Assistant @iimpaulaa - Curtis Ames - Installation Assistant @curtisgreat


Monstera Deliciosa / The "Monstera Deliciosa" palm originates from Central America but made its way to neighboring Florida in the masses. The entire Monstera is poisonous *except for the fruit, which takes an entire year to ripen but tastes like a combo of 🍌&🍍. Patience baby, patience.

Bromeliad Flower / The Bromeliaceae are a family of monocot flowering plants of around 3,170 species native mainly to the tropical Americas including 🍍🍍🍍! This family also includes Spanish moss. Yep, Spanish moss and pineapples - same fam, able to live in all types of climates from South Africa to South America and in this case, the tropical Americas - Florida 🍹

Abyssinian Banana / Also known as the fake banana,can reach up to 20’ high. When the plant will only flower once in it’s 5 year lifetime, when it is preparing to die. The fruits are inedible and have hard, black, rounded seeds. After flowering the plant dies back.  Over the past ten years drought has caused 60% of the Abyssianians to die out. The plant was once used as a famine food in many west african countries, however drought has caused a major drop in the fake banana, around 60% loss which has attributed to famine in many cases.  

Water Lotus / Also known as the sacred lotus or bean of India. The roots, which are longer than you think,  are planted in the bottom of the lake or pond and the leaves float on top the water. Researchers report that the lotus has the remarkable ability to regulate the temperature of its flowers (keeping it alive) to within a narrow range just as humans and other warmblooded animals do. An individual lotus can live for over a thousand years and has the rare ability to revive into activity after stasis.  The oldest recorded lotus is 1,300 years old and was found at a dry lakebed in northeastern China. 

Dwarf Palmetto / It is native to the deep southeastern and south-central United States and northeastern Mexico. Sabal minor is one of the most cold hardy palms, able to survive winters in warm temperate climates on some cases. Hardy to near 0 F/-18 C. Although native to the deep southern USA, Sabal minor is cultivated in small numbers as far north as Seattle or New York. It’s basically the USA palm.

Sago PalmIs a purely ornamental plant. All fashion, no function but is grown all over the world for it’s beauty. This plant has even gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit. Cycas revoluta, the formal name means "curled back", like Farrah Fawcett. Look but don’t touch boyz, the Sago  is extremely poisonous and will send you straight to the grave after all kinds of awful trips.

Taro Plant / Is a vegetable. It is grown for harvest  in paddy fields or where water is abundant and also in upland situations where water is supplied by rainfall or supplemental irrigation, like Florida. 

Snake Plant / Has lots of really cool names. It is commonly called mother-in-law's tongue because of their sharpness. In China and Japan, it is known as tiger's tail. In Turkey it is known as Pasha Sword. In Africa, the plant is used as a protective charm against evil or bewitchment. In Nigeria it is commonly linked with Ogoun, the Orisha of war, and is used in rituals to remove the evil eye. In Brazil it is commonly known as espada de São Jorge (sword of Saint George) who by syncretism is also associated with Ogoun. It's a worldly plant. 

Bird of Paradise / is named after this ACTUAL bird.