For four weeks, beginning March 14, the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum will feature an exhibition and sale of copper plate engravings of plant life taken from 200-year-old drawings completed during Capt. James Cook's journey to the South Pacific more than 200 years ago.
The 80 Tahitian flora prints at the premiere showing are available for purchase, and 10 percent of the proceeds from the sales will be donated to save endangered tropical rain forests in the South Pacific.Cook made the voyage from 1768 to 1771.
The project to help save Samoan rain forests is a cooperative effort among the British Museum of Natural History in London, Alecto Historical Editions and Brigham Young University.
In addition, BYU has been given one print, the Gardenia taitensis, for silent auction in the museum, with 100 percent of the proceeds will going to rain forest preservation. Bids will be accepted throughout the exhibit. For information, contact Ken Packer at 378-2951.
A reception will open the free exhibit at 7 p.m. in Room 110 of the Bean Museum. The prints then may be seen through April 10, Mondays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.