This book made a huge impression on me, when I read it as a teenager. So I was very happy when Danish publishing house Gyldendal asked me to make a new cover for the classic. As chance would have it, I had just started working with vintage photos and plant parts, when I got the assignment. The combination of the Victorian gentleman and the grotesque shape of the lotus flower pod seemed to illustrate the book's theme of beauty vs. ugliness and youth vs. old age well.
Shown here is the cover and the original assemblage plus some other pieces in my series, "Flower People". Some of the art pieces are available at Marie Baldwin Gallery
Here is a story about "The Flower People" written by Steven Heller in Print Magazine.