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"Leafing Through History: Plants That Make Paper"
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 9, 2019 - To celebrate the first anniversary of its reopening, the Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum will host a special exhibit on paper.
"Leafing Through History" opens June 14. The exhibit will present information on the botany of the plants used in different papermaking traditions around the world, as well as a special display of sculptures by internationally-renowned origami artists.
One of the most important - and ubiquitous - plant products is paper. Paper has made an indelible impact on human history, particularly in writing, design, art, and the spread of information through books and newspapers. "Leafing Through History" is the Museum's first interdisciplinary exhibition, highlighting the science, history and art of paper and papermaking.
Learn more about paper-making techniques used by different cultures to make materials for religious texts, tourism or cultural practices. Ethnobotanical displays, highlighting the connection between people and plants, will feature unique items like fig paper used in ancient Mayan traditions. Historical items, like antique writing tools and paperweights, will be tell the ever-evolving story of humanity's use of paper.
Specimens and reproductions from the Garden's extensive herbarium, one of the largest in the world, will showcase 40 different plants used to make paper across the globe. Learn more about the "art of the herbarium" through a display showcasing items the Garden's highly-trained team uses to preserve these important specimens.
The exhibition will also feature installations by two special St. Louis artists. Megan Singleton has crafted paper for a unique art book solely from plants found at the Garden. Michael Powell, of the Craft Alliance Center, was inspired to create paper pulp paintings that are abstract representations of several gardens at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
The origami display features elaborate, three-dimensional pieces loaned to the Garden from artists in the St. Louis area and around the world. Ethnobotanist and origami artist James Lucas shared his artworks and his botanical research on the use of handmade papers for origami in southeast Asia.
"Leafing Through History" will be on display through October. A visit to the Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum is included with Garden admission. The museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Missouri Botanical Garden, fondly known as Shaw's Garden to St. Louisans, contains a formal English garden, traditional Japanese garden, Margaret Blanke Grigg Chinese garden, the Flower Trial Garden, greenhouses and extensive landscaping. The garden also features the Climatron Complex, water lily reflection ponds and the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening.
The Climatron® geodesic dome and rainforest conservatory was dedicated 40 years ago in October 1960, replacing an old house built in 1913. The structure incorporates principles established by innovative architect R. Buckminster Fuller and was the first application of geodesic engineering for a greenhouse. The St. Louis architecture firm of Murphy & Mackey developed plans for the facility with Garden director Frits W. Went, who coined the term, Climatron.
The dome is 70 feet high and 175 feet in diameter, permitting tall palm trees to tower majestically above the tropical vista of streams, waterfalls and 1,200 different species of exotic trees and plants. Temperature ranges from 64 to 74 degrees and average humidity is 85 percent.
Visitors can enjoy a sense of being in a jungle while making their way by orchids, passion flowers, hibiscus flowers, cycads and a number of endangered species. In 1976, the dome was named one of the 100 most significant architectural achievements in United States history.
The Garden, covering 79 acres, is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd, just south of Hwy 44 between Vandeventer and Grand. Extended summer hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays only from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Free parking on premises, as well as an extensive gift shop and restaurant with patio dining. For more information, call the GardenLine at 314-577-9400 or 800-642-8842.
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