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Sun Gardens | Family Program

June 9, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Vizcaya Village
3250 S Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33129
Rebecca Peterson
Sun Gardens | Family Program @ Vizcaya Village | Miami | Florida | United States
Come learn about garden design with Vizcaya’s Horticulturist David Hardy and make your own sun print gardens on solar photography paper. 
The program will explore the designs of several Vizcaya gardens: kitchen garden, Pine Rockland (an endangered habitat native to South Florida) and David will work with families to “recreate” those gardens using solar activated paper.
Tickets price includes all supplies. Registration required.
This program is designed for families with children ages 6-12.
TICKETS | $10-$22, includes museum admission after the program.
Free for Vizcaya Members. Not a member? Join online.

This method of botanical sun prints was pioneered by the first female photographer Anna Atkins (1799-1871) and it is her work with cyanotypes that she is best known for. Objects, in this case leaves and flowers from Vizcaya’s Village, are placed on special paper and then it’s exposed to sunlight and washed in water, which makes the uncovered areas of the paper turning a dark blue. The process, known as blueprinting, was later used to reproduce architectural and engineering drawings, (Vizcaya has many in our archives!) but Atkins chose to use it for what is considered to be the first work with photographic illustrations, namely her Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions (1843).

Featured image: Anna Atkins and Anne Dixon, Papaver rhoeas, from a presentation album to Henry Dixon, 1861. Private collection, courtesy Hans P. Kraus, Jr.

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