Friday, 10 April 2009

Art Meets Science

I've been involved in a small way in this new exhibition showcasing the work of the Millennium SeedBank , contributing some plant cultures in jars and some orchid seeds. I particularly like these sculptures made in willow by artist Tom Hare of seeds. Five have been installed so far and five more will be crafted on site over the summer ( with a chance to join in! )






In the Nash conservatory,three giant 3 metre long fibre glass devil claw seed pod sculptures by Tony Gibas hang from the ceiling. As a film set designer, Tony also made the mock growth room where some of my plants are displayed.

The exhibition also features some of the amazing coloured electron micrographs by Rob Kesseler . A few years ago there was an exhibition of his pictures of pollen, hugely blown up (shown below) I loved the idea of the trees and gardens showing through the images and it started me off thinking about how I could combine images in Photoshop and use transparency in my own work.


6 comments:

sandra wyman said...

Really inspiring!

Helen Suzanne said...

what a fantastic post Mags. I love those willow seeds... fantastic images. I'm sure you must have really enjoyed the day.

EMBELLISHER said...

The scale of the sculptures is awesome and those images of pollen on sheer material is really beautiful.

Julie said...

What an amazing exhibition Mags. Thank you for showing us. it would be lovely to be able to get to Kew this year.

WEST COUNTRY BUDDHA said...

Wow these pods and seeds are really wonderful. Wouldn't it be fantastic to have a go at making one? I love the scale of them and can see the skill taken to make them. Thank you for posting about them

linda stokes said...

This looks amazing - really wish I could see the exhibition.
Love the giant Banksia nut and the pollen images.