Saturday, March 5, 2016

Small is Beautiful

Art and Environment
by Edward Hessler

By Internet Archive Book Images [No restrictions],
via Wikimedia Commons
The imaginative exhibit, "Vegetative Taxidermy: A Collection of Previously Undiscovered Flora and Fauna Inhabiting the Fields, Forests and Lakes of Minnesota," is now open at The Smallest Museum in St. Paul. It may be viewed 24/7 during March. There is a small spot-light for night viewing.
The museum space is a converted and rehabbed (mostly just painted) vintage fire hose box, approximately 61 cm by 89 cm (24" by 35"), recessed into the exterior wall of the entrance to the Workhorse Coffee Bar.
Each "species" is made of vegetation. Each has a common name and an Linnean binomial.
The exhibit also includes a puzzle. The question is about a poppy seed head at the end of a shepherd crook shaped stem. Is this a "sessile filter feeding coelenterate or...? There are several choices, including a blank space for one of your own.
A few examples of some of the discoveries new to Minnesota's flora and fauna.
Nano owlet, Nocturna whoosits
Minnesota silky-tailed bunny, Lagomorpha gossamercaudata
Minnesota pygmy vulture, Carrionis minima var. raptor du Nord
Evening maplefly, Acerrapterous rosa
Great Lake Superior Rotifer, Rotoraria gitche-gumeii
Woody antlered butterfly, Lignus cellulosa
Quacking aspen, Popolus duckphilia
North Country Kraken, Decapoda boroalis
The exhibit artist and curator is Dick Wenkel. The whimsical exhibit is just plain fun.

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