Claude Ponti - In Nantes Botanic Gardens

Vagabondae Sedenterae
texte et dessin : © Claude Ponti

Vagabondae Sedenterae

In 1877, Selimena Havvahart discovered the Vagabondae Sedenterae in the Golden Gate Park in Lyon. This was the first cross-species metamorphosis ever reported beyond those of myths and legends. The Vagabondae appeared in Lyon quite simply because they come from the metamorphosis of Canutes silk-weavers.
During their rebellion in 1831 some of them realised that they would neither survive the inevitable industrial revolution nor the crushing pressure from salesmen. This tragic realisation had an unexpected consequence. The Canutes silk-weavers suddenly took on the shape of epiphytic ferns, which are ferns which live on another plant without eating off it. A kind of happy co-existence.
Throughout the whole of the Industrial Revolution the Vagabondae Sedenterae appeared in a range of different city parks. Their remarkable trajectory from the South-East to the North-West took them from Golden Gate Park in Lyon, via Fontalon Park in Roanne, Alley Parks in Vichy, Capucin Gardens in Chateauroux, Blossac Park in Poitiers, Friendsí Park in La Roche sur Yon to Nantesí Botanic Gardens.
There is no definitive proof that the ferns are silk-weavers in all of these Parks. Olympiana Vasanna defends the idea that in each town the plants represent the occupations which have disappeared. As her thesis is work in progress, we are unable to divulge the details of it by law.
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