Plants are Up to Something

Description:

A permanent interactive exhibition about plants in the children's conservatory at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. The exhibition won the 2007 American Association of Museums Award for Excellence in Exhibition. 

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<p>Many plants were selected for their unusual characteristics. The haiku on this small sign in the Bog describes the habitat.</p>

The Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory for Botanical Science was designed to house plants and interactive exhibits for children and their families.

<p>Many plants were selected for their unusual characteristics. The haiku on this small sign in the Bog describes the habitat.</p> thumbnail
<p>Many plants were selected for their unusual characteristics. The haiku on this small sign in the Bog describes the habitat.</p>

The Conservatory is organized by habitat: Rain Forest, Cloud Forest, and Bog. A fourth space houses the interactive Plant Lab. Signage is designed to stand out amidst the foliage, be moved as the habitats grow and change, and withstand the constant heat and moisture.

<p>Many plants were selected for their unusual characteristics. The haiku on this small sign in the Bog describes the habitat.</p> thumbnail
<p>Many plants were selected for their unusual characteristics. The haiku on this small sign in the Bog describes the habitat.</p>

Interactive exhibits are installed throughout the conservatory. At this exhibit, visitors can test the acidity of the liquid inside nearby pitcher plants.

<p>Many plants were selected for their unusual characteristics. The haiku on this small sign in the Bog describes the habitat.</p> thumbnail
<p>Many plants were selected for their unusual characteristics. The haiku on this small sign in the Bog describes the habitat.</p>

Many plants were selected for their unusual characteristics. The haiku on this small sign in the Bog describes the habitat.

<p>Many plants were selected for their unusual characteristics. The haiku on this small sign in the Bog describes the habitat.</p> thumbnail
Date:
2006
Client:
  • Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Role:
Advisor and Conceptual Designer
Funder:
  • National Science Foundation #0125750
Footprint:
20,000 square feet
Venue:
  • Rose Hill Foundation Conservatory for Botanical Science
Collaborators:
Kitty Connolly, Karina White, Katura Reynolds, Gordon Chun