The work of pioneer botanical collector Dr Hermann Beckler has proven invaluable, with his original specimens reaping the status of national treasure. In charge of the VEE (Victorian Exploring Expedition) Supply Party, Beckler remained in the outback area of Menindee on the Darling River in south-west New South Wales for some three months. He collected 120 plants species between 1860-61. Intrigued by these specimens held by the National Herbarium of Victoria at the Botanical Gardens in Melbourne, the artists have so far found over 60 of Beckler's plants.
The contemporary artworks at the exhibition are a result of said specimens being located, collected, preserved and illustrated, and are an accurate representation of the plant subjects, while revealing the diverse styles of the artists. Integral to the project, additional materials, as well as working drawings and diaries will be on show, portraying the artistic process and experiences in the outback. This is a must-see unique expression of art, science, history and country.