Tiny Taxonomy

Wed-Mon: 11am - 5 pm, Thursday 11am - 9pm, closed Tuesday. Wed, May 15 - Mon, Sep 2, 2013

Venue: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

280 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115


Michael Busack



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Tiny Taxonomy highlights the delicate beauty of mountain wildflowers and alpine perennials, common to rocky, high altitude environments, displayed in a field of 25 reflective cylinders.Tiny Taxonomy classifies plants through shared and common traits, derived from micro-characteristics. The plants exhibit taxonomically useful features, such as a cushion-like form to resist wind, large flowers to encourage pollination, and densely-packed leaves to protect them from frost. Each plant on display is small, tough, and their beauty is best apprehended by intimate observation. Tiny Taxonomy unpacks and represents the garden for our consideration, offering 25 species at eye level for viewing the small structures that unite them.Rosetta Sarah Elkin, designer of Tiny Taxonomy, is principal of r.s.e. landscape, a design studio based in the Netherlands with a focus on vegetative strategies. Elkin's current projects are international in scope and include residential, commercial, and installation-based design and consulting. Elkin is presently the 2012-13 Daniel Urban Kiley Fellow and Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.

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