In Search of Thoreau's Flowers -
An Exploration of Change and Loss
Leah Sobsey, Dr. Emily Meineke, Robin Vuchnich, Chuck Davis, and I collaborated on a mutli-media installation using Henry David Thoreau’s digitized plant specimens from Harvard University’s Herbaria. Thoreau’s collection is a botanical time machine that exists in combination with the naturalist’s extensive notes about when and where his specimens were collected, which our installation draws from to provide insight into environmental change featuring original specimens, cyanotpyes, data visualization, soundscapes, and projected augmented reality.
"In Search of Thoreau's Flowers" opened at the Harvard Museum of Natural History in May 2022 and will be up for 18 months.
Footage and still (above and below right) of Robin Vuchnich's animations from opening night, May 2022. Leah Sobesy's gold leaf cyanotype on glass (bottom left).