I was in DC this weekend and on Sunday went to the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum. We came in the back door, so one of the first things I saw was this:
This is part of the hyperbolic reef project. You can see more about it at the Smithsonian's site, including a video of the project's founder giving a presentation for TED.
It's hard to tell since I went in tight with the photos, but this installation rises well over my head.
Absolutely gorgeous. Also visited the Human Reunion exhibit. It was a wonderful exhibit, and despite a few occasions of theory being presented as fact, I learned lots of new things I didn't know before, and got to visit a gallery of reproduction prehistoric art,
|This looks like a study to me, with the artist working progressively on form and detail.|
|I love the abstractness of this one, but I'm going to do what all abstract novices do and say that if I let my brain relax it looks a little like the prehistoric Venus form.|
|Not my favorite, probably simply because the poor kangaroo's been shot in the bum.|
|The signage said this was swimming elk or deer (don't remember which), but again, this looks more like a study to me.|
And rendered myself as a Neanderthal.
I'm warning you, it's not pretty--although maybe another Neanderthal might thing otherwise.
Oh, and don't mind the glasses.
They did get the grey hairs right, though. :-)