Phyllotaxis Group in the exhibition belongs to the family of phyllotaxis sculptures. It displays the growth forms of the screw pine Pandanus Veichii that Buisman discovered in the Philippines. Each palm segment of the group is slanted and somewhat twisted with regard to the other. In all its simplicity and insignificance, the sculpture reveals the fascinating beauty of the geometric laws behind the natural growth process.

Maurits van der Laar

In all these works of art, the factor of time plays a large role. When constructing the work of art, the artist imposes his will on nature, but in the knowledge that some day, after a certain period, nature will once again pursue her own rampant course.

On a study trip through Venezuela, Indonesia and the Philippines, Buisman noticed the spiral-formed growth of various sorts of plants. With this botanic phenomenon of the phyllotaxis, leaves and stalks spiral outward from the nucleus at distances from each other. Around 1985, he started to apply this geometric pattern to bronze and concrete statues. The principle of form can be graphically admired in the sculpture Phyllotaxis in the Kröller-Müller Museum, in which the crescent-shaped concrete segments are directly based on a piece of blanched celery sliced cross-wise.