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There's something strange growing at the University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery. Fittingly, the gallery is attached to the Health and Sciences Building, because the current exhibit looks as though some wild experiments made their way into the art space. Only, these plants dance and sing. They are robotic. In fact, one resembles some sort of animal, with a little tail that wags if you touch it just so.

Allison Lacher, art instructor and director of the UIS Visual Arts Gallery, said the exhibit has already stirred up attention on campus, and the scientists in the building are especially appreciative. "It really promotes social engagement and individual action that promotes sustainability," said Lacher. "And it's a fun show at a time where we might really need to have a fun show."

This story appeared in the Illinois Times on Sept. 2, 2021.

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