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Rob Kesseler: Hortus in vitro

Hortus in vitro is a permanent, site-specific installation in the greenhouses at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden.

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Pollen and seeds collected from the plants in the Garden’s collections were photographed on a scanning electron microscope and magnified up to 5,000 times to reveal an abundance of complex ornamental structures and forms. The resulting images have been etched onto the panes of glass throughout the greenhouses, the images floating in space in front of a lush, leafy backdrop.

Commissioned by the University of Oxford Botanic Garden in collaboration with the Ruskin School of Art and supported by funding from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.