The exhibit of glass flowers was the brainchild of Dr George Lincoln Goodale of Harvard in the late 1800s. He had seen the glass models of invertebrates such as jellyfish made by Leopold Blaschka and his son, Rudolf Blaska, from Dresden, Germany. It took Dr. Goodale some effort to convince the father and son team to create exact replicas of flowers and their parts that would be able to accurately teach students and be used by researchers. However, he finally succeeded and the room of glass flowers is the result.
Yes, that's me and the girls--can't pass up a good opportunity to excite curiousity! Thankfully they never seem to get annoyed with me about that. They really seem to have a general thirst for knowledge.
I know these pictures really don't show it, but the detail and exquisiteness of these flowers was astounding--simply amazing. Apparently, creating these flowers for Harvard became the Blaschkas' life work. Everything about the flowers is perfect! Color. Texture. Sheen. They are simple remarkable. No paint or other coatings, there are completely glass. And the Blaschka's also made glass models of aspects of the flowers as if they were magnified.
I know, I'm raspsodizing. But, I found them just stunninging amazing. Case upon case upon case of glass stems, flowers, pistals, pollen, ovaries, roots, etc. in excrutiating detail. I just couldn't imagine the talent and effort it required to complete this amazing feat. Each one was a work of art.