I highly recommend if you live in Southern California, and even have a passing interest in the botanical, to make your way to the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens to see their current exhibition, When They Were Wild: Recapturing California's Wildflower Heritage, an ideal complement to the explosion of springtime flowers currently blanketing the region from coastline to desert. Similarly, those with a love of exploring the beauty of the floral may appreciate these botanical blueprints which offer a whole new perspective revealed by technology...
Designer Macoto Murayama's multidisciplinary background allowed him to see beyond the romantic exterior of flowers and deep into the intricate, often invisible world of structural engineering hidden within the propagation tools of plants.
Utilizing both traditional and the latest of 3D technology, Murayama's exquisitely details virtual recreations were produced from careful hand drawn sketches and photographs, then taken into 3ds Max software where each distinct section of dissected flowers were turned into 3D models he could manipulate in Photoshop into their final large scale 100"x100" blueprint-style prints. The results are a magnificent and elaborate 21st century version of botanical art in the lineage of Maria Sibylla Merian's illustrated works.
More images of the collection of prints at Frantic Gallery.
(Images: Macoto Murayama)