Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Glass Flowers

At Harvard University we visited the Natural History Museum, mainly to see the world-famous collection of highly-realistic Glass Flowers:

The glass models were created between 1887 and 1936 by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka in their studio near Dresden, to ease teaching and studying botanics at Harvard:

The level of detail and the accuracy with which the models were made are nothing more than stunning. Even after an hour of visiting we didn't really believe they were made almost entirely of glass.

Apart from the Natural History Museum, Harvard University didn't have much to offer for us. Most of the buildings were closed, and their architecture and integration into a coherent Campus Site was not as impressive as in Yale or Princeton.