Explore the power of plants at State Library of Queensland’s Entwined exhibition
Aren’t plants just the bee’s knees? Our ardent obsession with monsteras, our zealous appreciation of zanzibars and fervent love of ferns knows no bounds. State Library of Queensland’s newest exhibition, Entwined: plants and people, explores our passionate relationship with plants through an impressive collection of photography, illustrations, immersive projections and historical objects. Blossoming at the Cultural Precinct from Saturday June 12 to Sunday November 14, this is one must-see showcase of greenery.
State Library of Queensland’s Entwined exhibition spotlights the transformative works of award-winning creatives who have documented Australian plant life. The exhibition will also dig in to State Library’s rare botanical collections, exploring our day-to-day connection with plants and unfurling fascinating fun facts in the process. Highlights of the flora-focused exhibition include Man & Wah’s immersive floral-inspired videography, Donna Davis’ creative plant displacements, Joseph Banks’ Florilegium and the eye-catching works of Ferdinand Bauer.
To celebrate the opening of Entwined, State Library will be hosting some special festivities – including a mini market and workshops that will explore the relationship between people and plants. If you want to delve deeper into this bloomin’ great exhibition, you can even hop on a curator’s tour and learn some behind-the-scenes secrets too. Entwined: plants and people will be running from June 12 to November 14. To learn more about this colourful showcase, pop over to State Library’s website.
Image one: School excursion on Mount Tamborine, 1935, Brisbane John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.
Image two: James Sowerby (1757–1822) Banksia spinulosa [Hairpin banksia] A specimen of the botany of New Holland John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.
Image three: Laidley Railway Station, 1994, Peter Fischmann, ACC 30046, no9, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland
Image four: Banksia image courtesy of Man & Wah
Image five: Mangroves growing on the beach, North Queensland, 1984, Ron Gale; John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland
Image six: Orchids on a cart at Glamorgan Vale, Queensland, December 1921, Brisbane John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland
Image seven: Design inspired by leaf pressings taken from Charles Evans, 1883. 28613 Queensland Nineteenth Century Fern Album 1883–1884, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.
This article was written in partnership with our friends at State Library of Queensland.