Monday, February 16, 2009

Natural Fit

I finally made it to the Harvard Museum of Natural History over the weekend. I was really looking forward to seeing the glass flowers and the sea creatures in glass and wasn't disappointed.

The above is a photo I took of a snail shell. The funny thing is I was so excited to see as much as possible I forgot to check and see if it was real or if it was glass. You wouldn't think it would be so hard to distinguish between the two, but the amazing thing about these pieces of art/science is that it is truly impossible to tell. The flowers are botanically accurate beyond comprehension. You can only wonder at the mind and creative focus that could create them.

Here are some photos that in no way do them justice. For a real close look (if you can't make it to Cambridge to see them) I recommend The Glass Flowers at Harvard.

And here is one of the glass jellyfish:
You have to go see them all yourself if you are ever in town. Sunday mornings are free for MA residents, but be prepared for a crowd. You can see some more photos in my photostream.

1 comment:

jen said...

good lord these are beautiful!!