Laser etched onto the seed by a patented process, the word first appears on the outer seed coat covering the inner cotyledon. Without coaxing, after a day or two the seed coat will fall away to reveal the word on the inner cotyledon. At first the inner cotyledon is yellow, but with the addition of sunlight quickly turns green. The seed then begins to splay open, shooting a leaf upward, bearing the same word LOVE.
Nestled within a growing medium inside a recyclable aluminium can, the bean is of the species Canavalia Gladiata, also known as the Swordbean. The bean pods of the Canavalia Gladiata plant are sword shaped, and contain many large bean seeds.
Once developed the plant may be transferred into a large pot or into the ground to grow. The fast growing vine will climb and quickly cover a trellis, fence or wall. The message bean plant will continue to grow for several years if it is grown in a warm climate, or kept indoors in a cooler climate.
Working as an artist, film-maker, poet, musician, writer, performance artist and peace activist for over five decades, Yoko Ono (b.1933, Tokyo) has influenced generations of artists.
In her prolific career, she has embraced a wide range of media, defying traditional boundaries and creating new forms of artistic expression. A pioneer of conceptual art, her work has been presented internationally in major exhibitions and performances.