Congratulations to the winners of Name That Plant Ticket Giveaway #2 —
Thanks to everyone who entered the contest.
BOTANICA set designer Peter Ksander and our arduino guru Ryan Holsopple both were nominated for Hewes Design Awards for their work on other shows in 2011. A great big Botanica™ whiskey to both of them and to Peter’s wife, Miranda Hardy who also received a nomination. If my math is correct that means there’s at least 3 Hewes Awards and 8 Hewes nominations working on BOTANICA right now. I like math.
Here’s some more math: we finished the work in progress showings having worked our way up to being able to competently care for about 50 live plants. I just left a meeting were we talked about adding approximately 210 more in the next two weeks not counting a few other surprises that may or may not make it into the space due to budget constraints (go to the Support page now!).
We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback about the visual world so far but excuse me for saying that we’re really just moving past the sketch stage…
Congratulations to the winners of Name That Plant Ticket Giveaway #1 —
Thanks to everyone who entered the contest…if you didint’ win this time try again in the BOTANICA Name That Plant Ticket Givewawy #2 (deadline for entries is 1/12).
The first 2 people to email firstname.lastname@example.org with the correct LATIN name for this plant win 2 free tickets to a performance of BOTANICA.
Entries must be received by Thursday, Jan. 12.
Julie Ardery shows us some flower lover love over on the Human Flower Project blog. It’s a pretty great place to poke around if you find anything plant related interesting like me. In 10 minutes I read about a 17th century mystical hunger artists who lived only on the ‘scent of flowers’, how to brew hibiscus tea and the prevalence of flowers as a sign of ‘evil’ in the movies of John Sayles. I’m hooked.
“If frowzy little houseplants cry
For French Surrealists,
Why, oh, why can’t I?…”
I’m not sure if she made this little ditty up on the spot, but if she did, I want to hire her to write the sequel.
The first 3 people to email email@example.com with the correct LATIN name for this plant (known as “Chet’s Special Plant”) win 2 free tickets to a performance of BOTANICA.
Entries must be received by Thursday, Jan. 5.
The Voynich manuscript, a 500 year old book of strange and unclassifiable plant drawings and a text which has still not been deciphered.
From Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book Library (click for more!):
“Written in Central Europe at the end of the 15th or during the 16th century, the origin, language, and date of the Voynich Manuscript—named after the Polish-American antiquarian bookseller, Wilfrid M. Voynich, who acquired it in 1912—are still being debated as vigorously as its puzzling drawings and undeciphered text. Described as a magical or scientific text, nearly every page contains botanical, figurative, and scientific drawings of a provincial but lively character, drawn in ink with vibrant washes in various shades of green, brown, yellow, blue, and red.”
I’m gonna go out on a limb and say this has something to do with the code Ilan is trying to decipher.