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This gallery showcase offers guests a surreal look at some of nature’s oddest prehistoric creatures. Five sculptures of animals with 18th-century furniture act as a bridge between art and science. The time period refers to a time when humans’ relationship with nature was beginning to expand through scientific discovery. Pictures illustrate the sculpting process and show how a ball of clay is transformed into intricate pieces of art.
- Ceramic sculptures of five prehistoric animals interacting with 18th-century furniture: Uintatherium, Platybelodon, Andrewsarchus, Sivatherium and Thalassocnus natans.
The Sculpting Process
- High-resolution photographs illustrate the sculpting process from start to finish.
- Sivatherium means ‘Shiva’s beast.’ Shiva is the Hindu god of destruction.
- The only specimen discovered of Andrewsarchus was a nearly 3-foot-long skull in Mongolia. Using only the skull, scientists predicted the animal to be about 12 feet long and 6 feet tall, making it the largest-known meat-eating land mammal that ever lived.
- Despite being giant sloths, it is believed that Thalassocnus natans would anchor themselves to the sea floor to graze, like marine iguanas.
Sculptures by Ariel Bowman. Bowman created the sculptures as part of her thesis exhibition to complete her master’s of fine arts from the University of Florida College of the Arts.