“Colorscapes” by Luftwerk

Jun. 20, 2020Sep. 28, 2020
Australian Garden

As part of its Centennial Celebration, The Huntington commissioned a temporary art installation by Chicago-based Luftwerk, the artistic collaboration of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero. "Colorscapes" brings to life Abraham Gottlob Werner's seminal 1814 book, Nomenclature of Colours, famously used by Charles Darwin to describe the colors of his findings during voyages on the H.M.S. Beagle. The Huntington owns a first edition of the book. Visitors will likely first experience "Colorscapes" via a signage system that connects specific plants in the gardens and objects in the galleries with Werner's colors. The signs, situated in various locations, will lead to a large-scale installation on the open Australian Garden's lawn, in which the range of colors sampled from across The Huntington will unite in an 80-foot-wide circle of 79 vertical banners, akin to a color wheel. Each banner will be printed in a Werner color and labeled with both its Werner name and the name of a plant in the gardens or an object in the galleries that represents the color.

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