by Luise Ivandic
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is a plant everyone knows. It grows almost everywhere – in any temperate regions of the world – on lawns, roadsides, shores of water ways, and other areas with moist soils. Most of the time it is considered a weed, but it is also used as a medical herb and in food. Common dandelion is well known for its yellow flower heads that turn into round silver-white balls. The seeds with their silky pappi, which form the parachutes, are dispersed by the wind.
As the first step I tried to show different aspects of the dandelion and its interaction with the environment as well as the process of growing in colored sketches. Hence the lifecycle of the dandelion was animated in a short stop-motion-gif which visualizes that growing, living, and fading are parts of a cycle. They are not mere steps of a linear process.