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Sent: Friday, August 03, 2001 2:04
Subject: Re: Struthiomimus Exhibit
"Tracy L. Ford" wrote:
Oh, my aching back!!! There is no way that back could bend like that
and let the animal live and the forearm is way to wide. Not to mentioned that
kind of pterosaur, Nyctosaurus, didn’t live with it. Wrong time, wrong place
and with what is known for the skull of Nyctosaurus, wrong
Couldn't have said
better myself. I usually refrain from any negative commentary concerning
artwork, but seeing that >broken< , distorted backbone in what seems a
rather expensive Struthiomimus bronze made me cringe!
And as for the
feathers, couldn't see what sort of insulation they put on it, but a fibrous
pelage would be perfectly admissible.Luis Rey
After taking a long look at the struthio bronze, I'm
going to have to go with Tracy and Luis on this one. As most list members
know, the amount of people who make there living as full time paleoartists, is
quite small. We're a mostly tight knit bunch, and I know most of the community
I don't think that I have ever heard of the "Renowned
dinosaur artist" Phil Bircheff. Is This the same person who started promoting
himself as "dinoman" in SVP advertisements a few years back? Not that it
matters, but that individual was an oil painter.
I suppose that there are good and bad things about this
piece. The good is that museums are starting to make a concentrated effort to
show more art work. This makes not only me happy, but my creditors as well.
The bad is this particular piece of art. If this person
had five minutes of anatomy training, or even bothered driving by one of the
bazillion ostrich farms that pepper the Southwest, he would have been able to
make his sculpture much more accurate. I'm sure that Mr. Bircheff is a
talented artist in fields that he is up on, but it's painfully obvious (Pun
intended) that struthiomimises aren't one of them.