蘭之魅  Lán ZhÄ« Mèi   - The Beauty of Orchids
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蘭之魅  Lán ZhÄ« Mèi 
The Beauty of Orchids

An exhibition about conservation

What is this project? 

For thousands of years orchids have been valued for their ornamental appeal. But many species have become a victim of their own beauty, and are now a serious conservation concern. In this project we aim to highlight the decline in many species in the wild, with a botanical art exhibition.
Through this project we aim to create greater awareness of the impact of buying wild orchids for their ornamental use. We do not wish to suggest that people should stop buying orchids. We present some possible solutions for orchids threatened by over-collection.

This project is a part of the Two Dragons Garden initiative which links researchers and students between botanic gardens in the UK and China. 

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How will we achieve this?

We will use the power of art to reach a wide audience; engaging emotions and encouraging mindful purchasing of orchids. Using a combination of different styles of art we will be developing an exhibit of the species threatened by over collection. The exhibit is based on research from the biodiversity hotspot of Xishuangbanna (also known as Banna). This region hosts some of the greatest diversity of orchids anywhere on the planet.
The paintings will be prepared from live specimens in Banna over the next two years. The exhibition will include scientific watercolour illustrations and traditional ‘Gōng bĭ’ Chinese art.   

Who are we?

Dr Sophie Williams is a Lecturer in Conservation Science at Bangor University, UK and Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanic Garden (XTBG), China. Sophie’s research focuses on documenting the orchid species in trade and assessing how cultivation may reduce wild harvesting pressure.
Işık Güner is a Turkish botanical artist working professionally on a range of projects over the last ten years. Işık has won several gold medals for her work and ‘best in show’ prize for her excellent work.
Sophie and Işık met at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in 2013. They were working on separate projects at the time, and have now developed this collaboration to produce a series of painting of orchids to make this unique exhibition.
This exhibit will include works from Banna based artists Hé ruì huá. Hé ruì huá is a well know Chinese artist, particularly for his botanical and bird paintings in 'Gōng bÄ­ huà' style.  Hé ruì huá also designed the Shade garden which hosts the orchid collection of XTBG and is where the exhibit will be located.

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