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Re: CNN: fossils as art?(long)



    This exhibit was seen by many of us who were at DinoFest last March
and/or April, at least those of us who managed to go back into the far
corners of the exhibition.  There was no labels on the art/fossil
reproductions - at least until the last week of the exhibit.  There was very
little explanation of any sort - the castings are excellent, and I was
unable to tell that they were cast (since I did NOT touch them).  They are
really good looking pieces.

    Unfortunately, most people at DinoFest ignored them, at wandered off to
see the beautiful amber collection (also mostly unlabeled), or went to buy
some food, and gawk at the ceratopsians.

    If you haven't seen it, it is worthwhile.

        Allan Edels

-----Original Message-----
From: Danvarner@aol.com <Danvarner@aol.com>
To: bettyc@flyinggoat.com <bettyc@flyinggoat.com>
Cc: dinosaur@usc.edu <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Date: Tuesday, January 12, 1999 2:37 PM
Subject: Re: CNN: fossils as art?(long)


>In a message dated 99-01-12 13:19:41 EST, you write:
>
><<
> These giant blocks are part of the exhibit "Fossil Art," which has been
> touring North American natural history museums for the past year.
> Created by German paleontologist Adolf Seilacher, the show explores how
> the blossoming of animal life transformed the landscape of the ocean
> bottom. At the same time, Seilacher's displays delve into the murky
> chasm separating art from science, forcing viewers to consider how the
> two endeavors overlap. In the process, it raises the thorny question,
> Can fossils be considered a form of art?
>  >>
>
>  This is a terrific idea and I think I'll have to get up there and take a
>look at it. From a dinosaurian perspective, one could do something similar
>with R.T.Bird and go one step further, featuring not only casts of the
>trackways from Texas and elsewhere, but also Bird's trackway diagrams, and
his
>restorations of the trackmakers as well. Talk about "found" objects. Sorry.
>Dan Varner.
>
>