Small Green Things: the micro world of plants
12th-13 February 2015
Lethaby Gallery Window // Central Saint Martins
The verdant richness of the plant world is an indication of the health (or not) of our diverse environments. We are familiar with all the exotic forms and colours of plants – but what lies beneath the surface, what are the structures and mechanisms essential for their survival, how can we learn from their complex systems?
To celebrate University Green Week, Small Green Things provided an opportunity to explore this hidden world under the microscope. Working on an Olympus 40x Light Microscope and a Dino-Lite USB Digital Microscope, would-be microscopists brought their own plants, spring flowers, vegetables and even pond weed from the canal to explore how leaves breath, why a beetroot is red and what cells are for.