Author: Stephen Christopher Quinn. Size: 25.3 x 27.7(cm). Quantity of page: 179. Language: English. Publisher: Abrams, New York, in association with the American Museum of Natural History. Year: 2006
The habitat dioramas are among the greatest treasures of the American Museum of Natural History. Perhaps nothing embodies the spirit and mission of the museum so completely as these painstakingly created, lifelike habitat displays which are recognized internationally as superb examples of the fusion of art and science. They set out to educate us about nature and science, and to engender feelings of wonder in – and stewarship of – the natural world. And they successd brilliantly.
They reverberate with the vision, passion, and expertise of their creators who pioneered and perfected the art and technology of diorama making. The dioramas are, in a sense, “windows on nature”. They precisely depict a moment in time – a specific location, complete with its indigenous flora and wildlife.
The dioramas succeed as tools of conservation, as artistic marvels, even as examples of superb technology. But the real power is in the hearts and minds of those who view them and are inspired by them – not just the general public but generations of scientists and artists.
This book is offered to all those who love the museum’s dioramas and the locations and wildlife they depict, and to those curious about the way they were made, the people who made them, and the amazing stories of adventure they hold.
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