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It was 1815 and Goethe was fascinated by the shape of the Ginkgo Biloba leaf wrote a love poem to Marianne von Willemer, he wrote it on a sheet of paper where he glued two crossed Ginkgo leaves.
Already in his time this “living fossil” fascinated by its shape,
split but single,
existing in nature,
pivotal concept in the poet’s naturalistic, botanical and existential interests.
Ginkgo-Biloba is a “living fossil”, he lived
already in the territories inhabited by the dinosaurs,
has managed to overcome all geological eras,
fires, glaciations, floods and last but not least
the environmental pollution we produce,
… A Japanese specimen managed to re-bloom
following the Hiroshima exhibition.
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