Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Living Fossil

This collage was created for an art institute benefit that takes place in October. The Ginko leaf included in the piece was picked up last fall and dried among my other 'collectables' & found objects. I did a little research about Ginko trees as I was trying to think of a title for the piece and found that the Ginko tree is interesting in a number of ways:

"Ginkgoes are often planted in cities not only because they're pretty trees but also because they thrive where air pollution is bad. It's not surprising that ginkgoes are air-pollution tolerant, because they are very primitive plants; they may have evolved when the earth's atmosphere was even more sulphurous and grimy than today, because of erupting volcanoes. In fact, ginkgoes are living fossils."