May 28th, 2013

Orchid Evolution Entertainment in the Conservatory

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

A snapshot of illustrator Tyler Rhodes' orchid evolution animation.

A snapshot of illustrator Tyler Rhodes’ orchid evolution animation.

Back in March, we told you  about award-winning illustrator Tyler Rhodes and his artistic orchid evolution project. Tyler was here each Saturday during Orchids Galore!  to engage children (and interested adults)  in a interactive drawing game while they visited. We drew quite a few orchids!  The second generation of drawings even included drawing using “bee vision” or a red filter over our eyes while we drew.

I was so excited about the project that I even went through the experience myself so I could describe it and share it with you.  You might remember the video that I made. The plan all along  for this project was not just the drawing game, but also for Tyler Rhodes to create an illustration of  ‘Orchid Evolution’ using the drawings, and  display it on the monitor in the Conservatory during Butterflies LIVE!   I am happy to say that Tyler has completed the video and it is now on display in the Conservatory for your viewing pleasure.   So please, come and see it (and the butterflies!) Maybe your drawing will be featured!

In case you miss it, we’ll be sure to post it on YouTube at a later date.

Jonah Holland is Digital Content Manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, where she has worked for 14 years overseeing social media, the blog, and the website. She is also a mom, yogi, open water swimmer, gardener, and seeker. She's been known to go for a walk in the Garden and come back with hundreds of plant photos, completely inspired to write her next blog post.

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