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The Hidden Beauty of Seeds & Fruits

The Hidden Beauty of Seeds & Fruits Claimed

The Botanical Photopraphy of Levon Biss

Exhibition Overview

The Hidden Beauty of Seeds & Fruits

Exhibition Type
Art, Nature, Science and Technology
Area Size
200 to 500 sqm
Designed For
Museums and Galleries
Science Centres
Outdoor Spaces
Availability
2020
2021
2022
2023
2024
2025
2026
2027
Hiring Fee

For a 3-month rental excl. transport, installation, insurance:
less than 15 000 €


This hiring fee is set for the following exhibition format:
Collection and interpretation

See all available package options
Core Experience
Panels and graphics

Photos

Credits / Image Information

The Hidden Beauty of Seeds & Fruits displays the carpology collection of the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh like never before. Photographer Levon Biss painstakingly examined 3,500 historical specimens to select just 121 for inclusion, highlighting those with the most striking evolutionary adaptations and stories. Many of the specimens date back to the early 19th Century and were collected by the pioneering botanists of their time, including those on the Challenger Expedition in 1872.

Throughout its long history, scientists have used the RBGE herbarium collection to help them interpret the diversity of plants and fungi. Crops, poisonous plants, garden plants, medicinal plants, tiny herbs, giant rain-forest trees – all kinds of plants and fungi are represented. Herbaria such as the RBGE act as ‘libraries’ of plant material and are crucial in helping us to determine which plants grow where and how we can differentiate them.

The images presented by Levon allow the audience to appreciate and study these tiny specimens in levels of detail normally only available with the use of microscopes. Using his photo stacking techniques and bespoke camera system, Levon is able to capture unprecedented levels of detail from specimens far too small to view with the naked eye providing us with an insight into an unseen world.

The resulting body of work is guaranteed to entertain and educate audiences of all ages.

Photography copyright Levon Biss 2020

Description

The Hidden Beauty of Seeds & Fruits displays the carpology collection of the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh like never before. Photographer Levon Biss painstakingly examined 3,500 historical specimens to select just 121 for inclusion, highlighting those with the most striking evolutionary adaptations and stories. Many of the specimens date back to the early 19th Century and were collected by the pioneering botanists of their time, including those on the Challenger Expedition in 1872.

The images presented by Levon allow the audience to appreciate and study these tiny specimens in levels of detail normally only available with the use of microscopes. Using his photo stacking techniques and bespoke camera system, Levon is able to capture unprecedented levels of detail from specimens far too small to view with the naked eye providing us with an insight into an unseen world. The resulting body of work is guaranteed to entertain and educate audiences of all ages.

Throughout its long history, scientists have used the RBGE herbarium collection to help them interpret the diversity of plants and fungi. Crops, poisonous plants, garden plants, medicinal plants, tiny herbs, giant rain-forest trees – all kinds of plants and fungi are represented. Herbaria such as the RBGE act as ‘libraries’ of plant material and are crucial in helping us to determine which plants grow where and how we can differentiate them.

Collections

Photographs

General Information

Created In
2020
Available Package Options
Collection and interpretation
Content only
More Details About Technical Requirements
The exhibition is available in two formats, the hired exhibition and a licence to print:

Option 01: The Hired exhibition.

The hired exhibition consists of 60 framed prints ranging between 110cm to 40cm in height. Curated by Levon Biss, the exhibition displays images that are both visually captivating and scientifically interesting, providing the audience with a unique journey through the world of seeds & fruits.

The exhibition frames have been hand-made specifically for this show and are designed to reflect the historic nature of the botanical collection. As was the case with the early 19th Century botanical illustrations, the identification label is displayed on the lower edge providing the local name of the specimen.

The recommended venue size is 200 - 500sqm.

What is included:

60 framed prints
Introduction and information graphics panels (English)
Individual caption panels for each image (English)
Hardback book published by Abrams
Exhibition toolkit
Educational pack
Digital images for publicity and marketing material

60 framed prints for public exhibition for up to 3 months, excl. transport, installation, insurance. Hire for more than 3 months is available on request.


Option 02: Licence to print

The host venue may print up to 60 images for a public exhibition of up to 3 months. This option is ideal for international venues wishing to design a bespoke show and integrate it within their own collections. As the artwork is printed locally, there are no additional shipping costs and the prints can be produced to suit the specific venue shape and size. Levon Biss’ studio is available to assist you with the photographic printing process to ensure you achieve the highest quality exhibition.

What is included:

Licence to print 60 photographs
Digital assets for introduction and information graphics panels (English)
Digital assets individual caption panels for each image (English)
Hardback book published by Abrams
Exhibition toolkit
Educational pack
Digital images for publicity and marketing material

Licence to print 60 photographs for public exhibition for up to 3 months, excl. transport, installation, insurance. Licenses for more than 3 months are available on request.
Languages
English
Other

Extra Info

Highlights Details


“I firmly believe that art is an ideal method in which to communicate science to those who are not scientists. Too often the general public is excluded from the wonders of natural history due to accessibility issues. Also, science can be intimidating! The specimens within this project would never normally be viewed by non-scientists, but my hope is that this body of work will inspire others to become engaged in the natural world. Only by doing this can we fully appreciate how lucky we are to live on this planet at this point in time.”

Levon Biss. 2020


Key intentions:

Stimulate awareness of the wonders of nature through the art of photography

Inspire the next generation of botanists, artists and scientists

Encourage audiences to be curious about how nature has evolved

Inspire the public with a marriage of science, art and technology

Engage audiences of all ages with natural history
Exhibition Add-Ons
Education kit
Media kit
Catalogue / book
Merchandise

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