Indiana-based artist Tasha Lewis transforms the Conservatory’s gallery with thousands of magnetic cyanotype butterflies printed on cotton fabric. Her blue butterflies hover in mid-air and seem to swarm the space, blurring the connection between the natural and artificial worlds.
In the search for secure and sustainable agriculture, some say organic isn’t good enough. An alternative landscape design system known as permaculture creates complex local agro-ecosystems. Despite its hippie image in the U.S., scientists say permaculture works, and could be headed for the mainstream. Ohio’s first-ever permaculture design certification course took place at a plant sanctuary in Meigs County.
The teaching of Intelligent Design in science classrooms remains an intensely debated issue in Ohio. A federal judge in Pennsylvania recently ruled intelligent design is a religious view that does not belong in a science classroom. Now two Ohio State professors are lobbying the Ohio Board of Education to follow precedent.