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Achmea Caracas, 2008, Watercolor & Archival Digital Print on Paper, 43 x 28.5 inches. This protea is native to sub tropical regions. Linnaeus named the genus after the Greek god Proteus, because he could assume many forms. In some cultures the flower represents hope and change. Here the two entwined stalks are backed by a digital photo of the habitat where they grow at the edge of the beach, balancing between an ideal and a devastating environment.