Looking to do some leaf peeping this weekend? It’s always peak fall at the American Museum of Natural History! Check out our new Pinterest board, Autumn at the Museum for a selection of our seasonal dioramas and exhibition items.
How do you re-create the moon shadows seen on a snowy December night?
That was the challenge artist Stephen C. Quinn faced when new energy-efficient lights were installed in the wolf diorama, creating new shadows that weren’t consistent with the scene. Find out how he did it in this video.
Image © AMNH/R. Mickens
Alois Kronschlaeger. Moose Diorama
Art + Dioramas = Better Art. From the artist’s description “Utilizing the habitat dioramas in the Mammal Hall of the former Grand Rapids Public Museum, I have created a site-specific installation, juxtaposing the existing landscapes of 27 dioramas built in the mid-20th century with contemporary architectural intervention. By doing so, I explore what happens in an environment when overlaying a geometric abstraction onto representational yet “virtual” spaces.”
“…These really are considered the best in the world” says artist and naturalist Stephen C. Quinn of the stunning dioramas in the Museum’s Hall of North American Mammals.
An expert team of conservators and Museum artists led a masterful restoration of this historic hall, which first opened in 1942. Preview the incredible work that has gone into these dioramas in this video and join us when the hall officially reopens on October 27.
Image © AMNH/D. Finnin
From the archives: Museum staff install oversize models in a diorama depicting the forest floor, March 1958
Explore all the photos from the Picturing the Museum collection here: http://bit.ly/l8nOsp
© AMNH Library/Image #325494
Those look like snub nosed monkeys, right? I think so.
Also, Dioramas has 300 posts sitting here waiting to go up. But I’m busy, and you don’t want your dashboard spammed. So we’re taking it slow and easy for a while.
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Dioramas WITH Mind Control!
These are actually digitally created/rendered. But they’re beautiful, and I love me some artistic conversations about the definitions of the real. So I’m going to call them dioramas, and hope you find them as mind blowing as I do.
The Great Wall by Guy Laramee. A beautiful landscape constructed from books, with a fascinating story. From the artist’s site:
"Having recently overthrown the American Empire in the 23rd century, the Chinese Empire set out to chronicle the history of the Great Panics during the 21st and 22nd centuries.
This Herculean undertaking resulted in a historiographical masterwork entitled, The Great Wall. Comprising 100 volumes, this encyclopaedia derives its name from The Great Wall of America, a monumental project to build an impregnable wall around the United States of America so as to protect this land from barbarian invasions. 150 years in the making, this wall ultimately isolated Americans from the rest of the world while sapping the country’s remaining cultural and natural resources. It also undermined the American people’s confidence in systematized hedonism, thus hastening the fall of the American Empire. As we now know this paved the way for China to invade American territory.
The Chinese Empire later ordered a group of scribes to write The Great Wall series. In the course of their duties they familiarized themselves with the libraries of the former USA. Through a strange twist of fate they thereby discovered the ancient sources of their own civilization which the new Middle Kingdom had long ago removed from its libraries. In the end this contact, primarily with Taoism and Chan (Zen) Buddhism, sowed the seeds of the Chinese Empire’s”
Exurbia, by Nelly Blaya.
Reblogging this miniature Apple Store diorama, for Steve.