Monday, 28 March 2011

Blind Petunias at Cambridge Science Festival

From 17 to 20 March 2011, under the umbrella of Invisible Dust, the animation ‘Blind Petunias’ was 
screened at Jesus Green Lido in Cambridge in an outdoor group show curated by Alice Sharp. 


The animation shows the growth of both mutant and normal Petunia flowers. We observe the slow 
movements of plants influenced by the cycle of day and night. The contrasting development of mutant 
and normal flowers becomes clear to the viewer. We see plants with fused floral organs, flowers unable 
to open or with missing petals, seemingly blind to their surrounding environment.  The depiction of Petunia 
mutants illustrates the infinite possibilities and also the increased responsibility that comes with our increasing 
knowledge of plant cultivation and ability to control and influence our environment.