Even though his expertise in the field was self-taught, the teacher Dr Wilhelm Ganss is regarded as a pioneer of botany in Liechtenstein. In 1954 he published the essay “The Orchids of Liechtenstein”, in which he described the native orchids of his adopted country as well as the ecological conditions pertaining there. On the basis of this text, Anna Hilti decided to create a graphic interpretation of the spider-orchid (Ophrys sphegodes), which Ganss had studied in its natural habitat but which was now extinct in Liechtenstein. Further artistic and literary positions track the textual trail laid out by Ganss. Interviews with experts examine the causes and consequences of the disappearance of the spider-orchid.
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