While at the Harvard’s Museum of Natural History, I visited the glass flowers and I wondered if they would be considered art. They were made for science but are beautifully crafted. This posed the question of what exactly is art? A bit of background on the flowers: they were made between 1887 and 1936, as a way to study the anatomical structure of plants. These glass plants are so exact that they look like the real deal. Because they are an exact copy of real plants, does this mean that it is not art? Or for the fact that they were made for science not make them art? But this made me wonder, what exactly art is. If you didn’t know that they were glass, you might think their real. Therefore, why bother having a copy when you can have the real thing. I’m not sure if I agree with this or not. You should be able to tell if something is real or not, or is that the genius of it all?
All in all, I’m not quite sure what the answer is. It’s really up to you guys. So let me know what you think. Do you consider these glass flowers to art? What do you consider to be art?
For more information on the glass flowers you can visit this website: http://www.hmnh.harvard.edu/on_exhibit/the_glass_flowers.html