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Paradise Lost

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew / London / Art

In 1770, European botanists Sir Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander discovered Kamay Botany Bay in Australia. They were astounded by the number of plants they recorded and collected there, and they sketched and pressed specimens into a book called Notes upon the twelve books of Paradise Lost. Their voyage was only the beginning of British colonization in Australia, and 250 years later, Kamay Botany Bay has been completely changed. Its meadows are now occupied by an airport and an oil depot. Using glass and silver, the Dutch artist Jan Hendrix contemplates the fragility of places such as Kamay Botany Bay, as well as the destructive effects of urbanization and colonization. —E.C.

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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AE
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