MICROECOS

STRENGTHENING HUMAN-NATURE CONNECTIONS THROUGH DIGITAL-SCULPTURE RECONSTRUCTIONS OF BIOLOGICAL COMMUNITIE

An interactive and collaborative project including Brandon Gellis, Shelby Shadwell and Thomas Minckley

MicroEcos is a series of 3D digital-sculptures created to bring tactile and tangible data-driven art to humanities audiences. As Wyoming and Wyomingites are inherently naturalistic – and are proud of their natural landscapes – MicroEcos serves to strengthening and encourage human-nature connections. Harnessing 3D modeling and printing technology MicroEcos will take form as a series of 3D printed models of the Last Canyon rock shelter sites, near the Wyoming and Montana border and Little Windy Hill pond site in Wyoming’s Medicine Bow National Forest. These digital, interactive 3D sculptures will provide audiences with glimpses of three-dimensional historical environments, and create dialogue of how local ecosystems have been formed.

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Modern photography of the Last Canyon, Little Windy Hill and Natural Trap Cave research sites (Wyoming and Montana), and large-format charcoal drawings of pollen spores will be presented alongside the 3D-sculptural reconstructions.

Pollen is an amazing indicator of the past. Pollen data can inform the reconstruction of early-floral environments by providing data for artistic representations of what early-terrestrial ecosystems looked like, and how existing terrestrial landscapes have evolved.