I was driving back to my office from an appointment yesterday when I caught this npr story about 19th century botanical teaching models made from glass. It's so easy to forget how hard it once was for educators to teach subjects without access to all the media available to us today.
In the late 1800's the director of Harvard University's Botanical Museum commissioned the Blaschkas, a father son team of glass makers, to create a teaching collection of glass models.The story is so fascinating and I was especially interested in the commissioning of blighted fruit. Isn't this apple incredible, diseased and all?
If only exhibits like this would come to Hawaii. I'd kill to see the leather case full of glass eyeballs.