The Inner Beauty of Flowers

Saturday, March 6, 2010 to Thursday, September 30, 2010
Church Exhibition Gallery, Lyman Plant House

Intro | Information Panels | X-ray Images | Exhibit Photo Gallery

Flower radiographs by Merrill C. Raikes

X-rays combined with a unique artistic approach bring to light the usually unseen inner structure of flowers. Retired radiologist Merrill C. Raikes has produced magnificent images that allow visitors to see flowers as if they had x-ray vision. Alongside Raikes’ beautiful floral radiography, this exhibition provides explanations of the science behind the images: the way light works, how the eye sees, and how x-ray technology can be used to create art.

A collaboration between the Botanic Garden of Smith College, retired radiologist Merrill C. Raikes MD and University of Massachusetts physics professor Robert B. Hallock


poppies radiograph