Meet the artist and scientist at Bristol Botanic Garden

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Artist, Alex Hirtzel's 'Displays Decoded', interactive exhibition enables visitors to see the natural world as they've never seen it before.

Alex has collaborated with University behavioural ecologist Dr Dave Lawson and his colleagues in the School of Biological Sciences to examine previously undiscovered ways in which pollinators are attracted to and interact with plants, collectively known as 'sensory modalities.'

Through interactive sculptures, ultra-violet prints and heat sensitive materials, Alex's artwork demonstrates some of the principle modalities: scent, UV light and colour patterns, static attraction and the cellular structure of the flowers themselves. Her work re-constructs 17th century Dutch flower paintings from the Broughton Collection at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge in a series of prints called 'Tipping Point,' with vases toppling over to reflect today's global ecological crisis.

Other aspects of her work are more interactive, and visitors to the Garden will have the opportunity to experience for themselves how bees and other pollinators sense static from flowers, or are affected by a flower's scent.

This workshop is an exciting opportunity to meet the artist Alex Hirtzel, and behavioral Ecologist Dr Dave Lawson as they talk you though the 'Displays Decoded' exhibition. Alex Hirtzel will discuss her work in progress and themes of the exhibition. The talk will be followed by a short tour of the Botanic Garden with Dave Lawson looking at different flower pollination mechanisms.

2.00pm - 3.30pm

Visitors £12.
Friends of the garden £7.00

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