The story is the same. We are pushing indigenous plants and animals to the brink.
Some adapt to us as new neighbors; others are shyer or more delicate in their needs for just the right balance in their environment. For centuries we have invaded the delicate south Florida wetlands, tried to drain them, tried to tailor them to our human requirements, threatening the natives -- orchids and panthers, alligators and wood storks, fish nurseries and the very water we need to drink. Sometimes we have succeeded in seeing what our heedlessness has done and corrected it, for now, like bringing the alligator and bald eagle back from near extinction, but panthers and wood storks and all the orchids are still at risk from our intrusion into their home. Let’s look closely at what is at risk right here.
Connie Bransilver's love affair with Florida's wild native orchids spans more than two decades. Now, through the Guardians multi-media experience, she will bring her love and concern for the future of these endangered orchids to the public through ten diaphanous silk banners, each 8 x 4 feet, suspended from the ceiling, swaying gently in the breeze to highlight their ephemeral nature.
A healthy Everglades ecosystem supports numerous species of sub-tropical epiphytic and terrestrial orchids which can disappear forever with the shock of extreme cold or drought, or if humans drain the Everglades to make room for farms and houses. These banners are on display at her studio and through the Naples Orchid Society monthly events until the first Guardians exhibit at the Museum of Florida, Avon Park, FL, in December 2011, and thereafter, traveling with the Guardians of the Everglades® Exhibition.
The banners bring watercolor-like softness in contrast to Nicholas Petrucci's full size oil portraits on board, and Clyde Butcher's huge black and white landscape photographs.
Additional banners can be ordered by contacting: Bransilver@aol.com. Price for 8 x 4 foot banners: $1,200.