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The Making of "Datura"

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Published on Nov 5, 2010

Watch the process of making "Datura" for the Franklin Park Conservatory unfold from drawings, models and fabrication.
The Datura, a member of the nightshade family, holds many common names because of its intoxicating beauty: moon flower, angel's trumpet and devil's weed. The night blooming, invasive plant has adapted to every environment including the himalayas. All parts of the plant contain alkaloids that have a long, colorful history, used as medicines, poisons and hallucinogens. This sculpture of blown glass and steel highlights the various stages of growth, bloom and seeding while featuring the characteristic spiny fruit, trumpet shaped flowers and toothed leaves.

Thanks to everyone at the Franklin Park Conservatory, Glass Axis, Tubular Techniques, Columbus Idea Foundry and Burton Metal Finishing.

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