LISA WALS X HORTUS
LISA WALS, 2021
Lisa Wals - www.lisawals.nl
The only male specimen on this planet
CURRENT VELOCITY: Extinction
Hortus Botanicus is a botanical garden in the plantage district of Amsterdam. It is a popular attraction for both Dutch and international visitors, it is one of Amsterdam’s major attractions. It is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. The collection they have is famous for some of its trees and plants, some of which are endangered.
They are known for their progressiveness and therefore the collaboration with the artist Lisa Wals, who is well known for her work as art director and her photography. Their approach was to see how a talented artist looks at the plants and how she could come up with an exhibition for them.
The “Woodii” plant is already completely extinct in nature, it is in fact the very last of its kind on earth. The Woodii is a plant species that dominated the planet during the Jurassic period. Over the millennia, the age of the plant came to an end. We may only have one Woodii plant left. A male specimen, which makes this plant the loneliest bachelor on earth. That is why Lisa Wals wanted to multiply the Woodii in a digital form. By multiplying the plant on different types of screens she digitalized his existence. With this, Lisa Wals wanted to show that this is the only way to observe the Woodii plant in the future.