Interconnected Earth

To launch the International Year of Biodiversity, the Gardens is celebrating with a unique, specially commissioned piece of art that demonstrates the diversity, and intricacy of the Natural World. Interconnected Earth is a 50 foot long banner depicting everything from pollen grains to blue whales all linked through the double helix of a DNA molecule. The banner will shortly be on display at the National Botanic Gardens, St Stephen's Green and the Phoenix Park in Dublin, and also at all the National Park Headquarters (Glenveagh National Park, Co. Donegal; Ballycroy National Park, Co Mayo; Connemara National Park, Co. Galway; The Burren National park, Co. Clare; Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry; Wicklow Mountains National Park, Co. Wicklow).

Interconnected Earth is filled with hidden images and stories both obvious and obscure. You can view a small scale, scrolling banner on this page, or a larger, 1 eighth scale version with captions on this page.

You can also download you own home version in the form of seven A4-sized pages (right) as pdf documents that form a 2 meter long version for home or classroom. The zipped pages can be downloaded here or on the image to the right.
Find the 'Interconnected Earth' Group on for stories and news on the Interconnected Earth campaign throughout 2010.

Interconnected Earth was funded by the Department of Environment through Notice Nature, Ireland's public awareness campaign on biodiversity, to celebrate the United Nations International Year of Biodiversity 2010. The banner was commissioned by the National Botanic Gardens from artists LBionic (aka Brendan McHugh) and Tydal Canon.