More than 1,000 people were in attendance as the Arnold Arboretum’s rolling landscape and Fujiko Nakaya’s climate-responsive fog sculpture set the stage for a twilight performance of Shakespeare’s famed political thriller, Macbeth.
Fog × Macbeth at the Arnold Arboretum will combine a unique fog installation with a performance of an abridged version of Shakepeare’s iconic tragedy by Actors’ Shakespeare Project on October 21. Read more in the Harvard Gazette.
Interesting similarities may be found in the work of Olmsted and Nakaya. Both sculpt with water, and embody democratic ideals through works that are public, multisensory, and transcendent of language. Both even had a hand in a world’s fair, Olmsted in 1893 and Nakaya in 1970. Read more in the Harvard Gazette.
In his first convocation address as President of Harvard, Lawrence Bacow encouraged the Class of 2022 to pursue their curiosity through Harvard’s rich opportunities, from viewing the heights of human creativity on display at the Harvard Art Museums to exploring the astonishing diversity of temperate flora at the Arnold Arboretum. Read more in the Harvard Gazette.
Newburyport artist Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord creates evocative constructions of hand-crafted books, bark, seed pods, roots, and other natural materials. Spirit Books, her new exhibition at the Arnold Arboretum, is on view through July 22. Read more in the Harvard Gazette.
Arboretum scientists have pinpointed how mother plants of a water lily species take control of rearing offspring, part of a 25-year quest to understand how mothers and fathers interact in the creation of a flowering plant seed. Harvard gazette»
Supported by a Sinnott Award, Callin Switzer with colleagues Robin Hopkins and Stacy Combes examined the unique method of pollination in mountain laurel. With the anther filaments acting as catapults, the pollen reaches speeds of 8 miles per hour, making it one of the fastest moving plants in the world! Abstract»Harvard Gazette»
Scientists estimate that food supplies will need to double by 2050 to meet demand. In greenhouse experiments conducted at the Arnold Arboretum, Harvard researchers discovered a way to more than double crop size by introducing a soil bacterium that converts nitrogen from the atmosphere into robust and sustainable fertilizer. Harvard gazette»