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U.S.

BOTANIC GARDEN CONSERVATORY


Faade - horse chestnut bark, willow sticks

Plant-Based
Faces - cinnamon, pine cone scales, grape tendrils, moss, bear paws,
nigella, okra
Windows - willow sticks, rope, thatch reed

D.C. Landmarks
U.S. SUPREME COURT
Figures - chestnut bark, acorns, beech nuts, cornhusk clothes, burning
bush stems, shelf fungus
Roof - pine cone scales, willow sticks, burning bush
Columns - honeysuckle sticks, dusty miller, beech nut husks
Frieze - beech nuts, acorns, silver birch buds at the United States Botanic Garden
Window grids and columns - cinnamon
Steps and terrace - seagrape leaves

WASHINGTON MONUMENT
Sycamore leaves, seagrape leaves, moss

WHITE HOUSE
Fence - screw pod rails, cinnamon top
Bas-relief columns - palm frond stems, cinnamon curls
Porch columns - honeysuckle sticks, bear paw pods, hemlock cones
Window details - seagrape leaves, screw pods, shelf fungus, seagrass
rope, pine cone scales, sycamore bark, horse chestnut bark
Garden - teardrop eucalyptus, Ming fern, Indian paintbrush, lichen, putka
pods, strawflowers, wheat, mood moss

ALBERT EINSTEIN MEMORIAL


Base - lichen-covered bark
Hair - untwisted screw pods, lichen
Torso and arms - gourd necks
Facial features - pods and fossils
Fingers - fossils
Pants - paper-wasp nest, bark
Sandals - birch bark

100 Maryland Ave SW


Washington, DC 20001
www.USBG.gov
About Our Plant-Based Models LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, THOMAS JEFFERSON BUILDING
Dome - gourd, grape tendrils, seagrass twine, chestnut bark, magnolia fruit
Our Garden Court is adorned with remarkable representations of stems, acorn caps, tree fern, basket cane, pine cone scales
National Mall buildings and monuments, all crafted from more than Faade - elm bark, locust bark, fungi, pistachio shell
70 different plant materials. Since 2004, the Garden has collaborated Lights - acorns, pine cones, eucalyptus pods, Australian pine fruits, cinnamon
with Paul Busse and his firm, Applied Imagination, of Alexandria, KY, to Columns - willow sticks, pine cone scales, false cypress cones, bamboo, reeds
Windows - bamboo, cinnamon, acorns, eucalyptus pods, peppercorns,
create the plant-based sculptures.
sweetgum fruits
Each building is a unique masterpiece constructed on a frame of Trim - birch bark, dusty miller, winged euonymus
acrylic-based foam. Casting resin is poured into the window cutouts, Terrace - seagrape leaves
wall surfaces are finished with sand-based grout, and distinctive
architectural details are fashioned from dried plant materials. LINCOLN MEMORIAL
Monument exterior - seagrape leaves
Each buildings complexity determines how long it will take to create. President Lincoln - eucalyptus leaves, birch bark, corn husks, lichens, willow
The representation of the U.S. Capitol took more than 600 hours to sticks, coriander seeds
Eagle - seagrape leaves, flower petals
build! Heres a sample of some of the materials used to make these
Architectural details - burl oak, kangaroo pods, wheat, sisal rope, pine cone
beautiful models. scales, cedar blocks, gourd, moss, cinnamon, eucalyptus pods, Australian pine
fruit, grape tendrils
U.S. CAPITOL
Dome - sycamore leaves, willow sticks, seagrass twine, wheat, winged
euonymus, fern fronds, kangaroo pods, screw pods, acorns, pine cone scales NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
Statue of Freedom and other figures - shelf fungus, corn husks, reeds, acorns, AND CULTURE
pine cone scales, grape tendrils, chestnut bark, beech nuts Upper level window casings and decorations walnut shells, birch sticks
Faade - horse chestnut, elm bark, pine cone scales Viewing ports on upper levels - salal leaves
Columns - willow sticks, with tops (capitals) of dusty miller Ground floor windows, support base bamboo twigs, horse chesnut wood
Steps - horse chestnut bark Trim on edges of floors forsythia sticks
Windows - cinnamon, pine cone scales, wheat Roof and solar panels locust bark, royal poinciana pods, elm wood
Lamps - pods
Railings winged euonymus
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN
Architectural details acorn caps, wheat, bamboo, raffia, basket cane
Roof pigeon plum leaf
Giant fungus roof horses hoof fungus, red-belted conk (white-rimmed)
JEFFERSON MEMORIAL fungus, varnished conk (reddish, ling chih) fungus
Dome - gourd Tiny striped shelf turketail fungus (many-colored polypore)
President Jefferson - eucalyptus leaves, sycamore bark, Walls cork oak, deer bone and antler, river rock, slate, shells,
mahogany pods, seagrass rope, coriander seed, grape sand dollar, moss
tendrils, coat: cinnamon, vest: white birch bark, hair:
lichens
SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, THE CASTLE
Monument exterior - willow sticks, pine cone
Roof - sycamore leaves, eucalyptus pods, pine cone
scales, reed, white birch bark
scales, fungi, Australian pine fruits, honeysuckle, lotus
Columns - honeysuckle, cinnamon, sisal rope,
pods
nigella
Columns - willow sticks, pine cone scales, acorns
Faade - willow sticks, bamboo, pine cone scales
Architectural details - grape tendrils, nigella, cinnamon,
Australian tree fern