Gardening is No Longer “Just For The ‘Burbs”

If you’ve been walking around Philadelphia and have come across a huge pile of prehistoric bones, don’t fret – you haven’t gone back in time.  Put your prehistoric worries to rest and take a look at this beautiful, unique structure, that’s actually man-made. You’re not looking at a dead dinosaur – you’re actually looking at the The American Philosophical Society Museum‘s Greenhouse!

This is (in our opinion) one of the newest, coolest pieces of art in Olde City. Have you heard of the Greenhouse Projects put on by the American Philosophical Society Museum? Or actually seen the Greenhouse? Well if not, you’re surely missing out.

The Greenhouse was created by  Jenny Sabin, an artist, designer, architect and visionary in research & experimental design.  The actual structure, called the Greenhouse and Cabinet of Future Fossils, is located on Fifth and Chestnut and is made of recycled and recyclable materials.

This structure is part of a program called “The Greenhouse Projects” taking place right in the Museum.  The Greenhouse Projects are made up of different projects that each interpret the historical themes and objects in the current Of Elephants & Roses exhibition and connect them to relevant issues today.  The projects include other programs such as Chaotic Menagerie, A Paper Garden, Ghost Gardens and Lost Landscapes and Vive La France.

Back to the bones … the structure is vast, at 52 feet long, and manages to catch the attention of anyone who passes by.  It seems to almost resemble a rib cage of some huge, prehistoric animal.  Considered “curious-looking” and “incongruous” by some, we think it is just perfect (in its own way of course).  The structure has an incredibly sleek, beautiful and sophisticated design.

It is unlike anything we’ve ever seen with its endless collection of plants and fossils. This is an excellent reminder that it is possible and important to stay “green” even in small, urban areas.  Gardening is no longer just for the ‘burbs.

This structure actually caught our attention when it was recently featured in an article by Philebrity. Philebrity stated that the “econologically savvy structure re-envisions greenhouse architecture using digital design tools. It is also a striking work of art.” The article also includes a riveting Time-Lapse clip that took place during the build.  It’s fascinating to watch it all take place.  It looks like this structure and the APS Museum are catching a lot of attention.

GO APS Museum! Making the world green-er and science (and art) funn-er, one Greenhouse at a time!

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