Flower Time at the Lillestreet Art Center in Chicago, Illinois

Flower Time, a public installation at Lillstreet Art Center Rooftop Project Space. 

This series of flags was inspired by Carolus Linnaeus’ horologium florae (floral clock) hypothesis. In 1751, Carolus Linnaeus, a Swedish naturalist, hypothesized that flowers could be used to measure time by planting them in a 12-point radial formation based on when their species opened and closed. Carolus Linnaeus, (1707 – 1778) is often referred to as the Father of Taxonomy. Linnaeus was the first to frame principles for defining natural genera and species of organisms and to create a uniform system for naming them. The flowers pictured on the flags in Flower Time are organized by the time of day in which they open. Flags will be on view November 1 - 30, 2016

Lillstreet Art Center

4401 N. Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640


Photography by Nora Renick-Rinehart