Friday, April 13, 2012 - 17:30

A new exhibition exploring the beauty and vulnerability of one of the world’s most northerly growing plants will be opening at the Eden Project next week.

Artist Michèle Noach joined forces with Eden horticulturist Ian Martin to grow Arctic poppies at the project’s nearby nursery as part of a three-year collaborative research project.

This fragile plant usually lives in the High Arctic, where London-based Michèle first discovered how the pale-petalled flower thrives in snowy meadows and mountains.

Her lenticular art show, the Arctic Poppy Chronicles, tracks the plant’s adaptive response to a warming environment as it is transplanted into progressively warmer temperatures.

Stunning floral images in optical 3D are highlights of the exhibition which runs from April 18 to July 8 at Eden’s Core education centre.

Excerpts from a new book, Poppyflakes, featuring a foreword from Eden’s co-founder and chief executive Tim Smit will also be shown.

The Arctic Poppy Chronicles is part of the Slow Art programme where Eden is working with Cape Farewell, a creative project that brings artists, scientists and communicators together to engage people in climate change.

Michèle said: “My work was to produce images that reflected what I saw and learnt about the poppies' progress.

“It struck me one day when photographing them, that they looked rather like snowflakes when shot from above.”

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