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Aesthetic Engineering Series: Inventing Flowers

Ginny Ruffner

American, born 1952

Aesthetic Engineering Series: Inventing Flowers, 2005

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Lampworked, sandblasted and painted glass

Dimensions: 24 × 18 3/4 × 17 1/2 in. (61 × 47.6 × 44.5 cm)

Courtesy of the Isabel Foundation, L2017.106

From a young age Ginny Ruffner explored her fascination with flowers by spending time in her favorite place, the garden, painting what she saw. Today Ruffner explores her lifelong passion through glass flowers. This work, titled Aesthetic Engineering, was inspired by scientific developments in genetics that created new species. Here, Ruffner creates her own genetic experiment by making the stalks of the flowers look like DNA strands that bloom into her newly imagined species.

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