Sunday, September 28, 2014

A visit to the Sant Ocean Hall

Where: Natural History Museum

When: Fall 2015

I took a stroll over to the Natural History Museum this week, as much to enjoy the delightful weather as to see anything in particular.  There are three small exhibits in the Sant Ocean Hall that I glanced over, and they're worth checking out if you happen to be in the museum anyway.

The first is "Portraits of Planet Ocean: the Photographs of Brian Skerry."  If you like nature photography, this is a delight.  It focuses on underwater life, as you might have guessed from the title and is a reminder that what lies beneath the surface of the ocean is remarkable.

There's also a small case providing information on the Census of Marine Life.  This project involved scientists worldwide and provided the opportunity to obtain, for the first time, a baseline picture of the ocean.

Finally, another small display showcases the work of artist Cornelia Kubler Kavanagh, whose work is inspired by tiny ocean pteropods, or "sea butterflies."  As small as a grain of sand, they are threatened by ocean acidification.  Her work is abstract, but based on forms found in nature.

Verdict: When you're next in the Sant Ocean Hall, don't miss these small, but interesting, displays.

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