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Plantimal II
  • Eduardo Kac
    born 1962
    born: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ; active: United States
  • Plantimal II, 2009
  • Where object was made: United States
  • lambda print
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 42.7 x 42.7 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 16 13/16 x 16 13/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 44.2 x 44.2 cm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 17 3/8 x 17 3/8 in
    Frame Dimensions: 20 1/4 x 20 1/4 x 1 in
  • Museum purchase: Letha Churchill Walker Memorial Art Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2014.0015
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Big Botany: Conversations with the Plant World", 27-Mar-2018
Eduardo Kac is a pioneer in the field of Bioart, which incorporates living organisms. Kac’s work challenges widely held beliefs about human beings and their role in nature. His Plantimals are plants that are not found in nature, but are the result of combining his own DNA with a petunia’s DNA. The existence of the Plantimal challenges the widely held belief that humans ought not mingle or interfere with nature. Further, the Plantimal expresses the complexity of humans’ relationships to the plant world. For instance, humans are made up of the same materials as plants and are therefore similar to botanical beings.