This fall the Tyrell Museum put out a call for proposals for a sculpture for a corridor in the Palaeozoic area of the museum. The purpose of the sculpture was to help visitors move through the exhibition spaces. Because of this our proposal was to make a piece that captured movement and in particular the movement of animals from a marine to terrestrial environment - a key event that happened in the Paleozoic period. We had done a project with the Tyrell a few years ago and loved the experience of collaborating with them. So, when they chose our submission I jumped around the kitchen for joy! One of our favourite things about making work for the Tyrell is that we get to learn from their experts, so we spent time in their collections, learning about the species at that time and got inspired by their forms and textures. Here are some drawings that served as source material for the sculpture.
We have some exciting news to share. In February we were selected by the Royal Tyrell Museum to create models of prehistoric spores for a new exhibition. We love doing commission work and this project was a great experience, we were able to look at specimens through microscopes with paleontologist Dennis Brammen. Blown glass seems to be the perfect medium to express the aesthetic of these ancient plant forms. It was amazing to work on project that characterized the bridge between art and science- research, experimentation and innovation. Here are some images of the pieces, photos of the specimens and drawings - the process from start to finish.