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Putnam opens Nature’s Blueprints: Biomimicry in Art and Design

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DAVENPORT, Iowa— In an age of complex environmental challenges, why not look to the ingenuity of nature for solutions? The forms, patterns, and processes found in the natural world—refined by 3.8 billion years of evolution—can inspire our design of everything from clothing to skyscrapers. This approach to innovation, called biomimicry, is becoming increasingly popular. “Nature’s Blueprints: Biomimicry in Art and Design” opens Sept. 1 at the Putnam Museum and Science Center, a Smithsonian affiliate.

“The Putnam is the first stop on this exhibit’s national tour and we’re honored to be selected for its premiere. Our ability to host this exhibit—our first traveling show since before the pandemic—speaks to the Putnam’s resiliency and the many ways that the Quad-City community has supported cultural institutions during this difficult period in history,” says Rachael Mullins, CEO/President of the Putnam. “We are so grateful to our community and can’t wait to show a bit of our appreciation through this wonderful new exhibit.”

“Nature’s Blueprints: Biomimicry in Art and Design” brings together design and environmental science using artifacts and photography, and interactive learning stations. The traveling exhibit will be enhanced with special items from the Putnam’s own treasured collection.

Biomimicry is not a novel idea; Gaudi and Da Vinci both took inspiration from nature. Modern science and technology, however, are rapidly expanding the types of materials and systems we can create. Bird wings. Rainbow Trout. Spiderwebs. These have inspired design improvements that enable faster travel, more effective wind turbines, and safer bridges.

Design that is rooted in the laws and forms of nature can address pressing issues, such as conservation, sustainability, and environmental justice. This exhibit will also spark an interest in, and connection with, nature.

This exhibition is aimed to encourage discourse among audiences of all backgrounds, as our understanding of the natural world can lead to some extraordinary creations that improve lives and reduce our impact on the environment. “Nature’s Blueprints: Biomimicry in Art and Design” is an adaptation of the High Desert Museum’s “Innovation Lab: Design Inspired by Nature,” and is produced and toured by ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. Exhibit transportation provided by Simplex Leasing.

Exhibit admission is included in the price of general admission—$9 for adults, $8 for youth (ages 3-18), seniors, college students and military. Through the Putnam’s Museums for All program, admission is $1 per person for households (up to 2 adults and 3 children) with the presentation of an EBT card. Admission is free for members.

For more information, visit putnam.org/Exhibits/Featured/Natures-Blueprint. For groups, or to plan your visit, call 563-324-1933.

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