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Yoko Ono’s ‘Magic Bean’ Grows To Reveal The Word LOVE

Produced for the Serpentine Gallery, this organic artwork features a laser etched seed inside an aluminum can.

Emma Hutchings
Emma Hutchings on February 1, 2013.

Yoko Ono has produced an organic artwork for the Serpentine Gallery. ‘Grow Love With Me’ is a ‘Magic Bean’ inside an aluminum can, which is emblazoned with the word LOVE. It appears to be a normal bean until it starts to grow, as it expands, it reveals the word, which has been laser etched onto the seed.

The word first appears on the outer seed coat but after a day or two, this falls away to reveal it on the inner “cotyledon.” At first this is yellow but it turns green when exposed to sunlight and the seed opens, shooting a leaf upward that bears the same word LOVE.

Yoko Ono's 'Magic Bean' Grows To Reveal The Word LOVE

The bean is of the species Canavalia Gladiata, also known as the Swordbean. This has sword-shaped bean pods that contain many large seeds.

The ‘Grow Love With Me’ plant can be moved into a large pot or outside in the ground once it has developed, and will continue to grow for several years if it is grown in a warm climate, or kept indoors. It is available for purchase from the Serpentine Gallery for £26 ($41).

Serpentine Gallery

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