Don't Miss the Glass Flowers

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It's being more than a year since the Exhibition of Glass Flowers reopened on May 21, 2016, at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. This exhibition was first opened in April 1893 but then was closed in November 2015.

The Glass Flowers have a beautiful connection between science and art where the artisan made a great work to modeled botanical elements. It's not only a great aesthetical representation but also a way to learn the science of plants and flowers.

The collection was created by Leopold Rudolf Blaschka from 1887 through 1936 in Germany. The reason for his inspiration came from George Lincoln Goodale, professor of Botany at Harvard,  that wanted to create an exhibition about flowers for the public. But in those times, it was common to flatten the flowers for public displays, but he didn't want to do that because the flower lost color and volume. So, one day he saw the marine creatures Blaschka made for another museum and ask him to do the same with flowers. Finally, the glass artist made 847 life size models of flowers with enlarge details of its components to see the internal part of it.

At the time, a lot of people started to question if the perfection of his work had to do with any special trick, but Blaschka stated that he only had a unique skill and used the traditional technique of melting the glass and shape it.

The Boston Globe has called this collection as “anatomically perfect and, given all the glass workers who´ve tried and failed, unreproducible. Most of the public cannot believe that the flowers are made of glass because they seem so real.

This is a great way to be delighted by art and also to learn about the science of flower. So, don't miss the flower glass exhibition at Harvard Natural Museum Of History.