MICROECOS

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

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

 Loveland Museum, 2018

Loveland Museum, 2018

MicroEcos Series - the culmination of a two-year long exploration - of is a self-contained exhibition of 3D digital-reconstructions, laser cut vignettes, and video recordings, created to bring tactile and tangible scientific principles to art and humanities audiences. 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. This series provides audiences with glimpses of two- and three-dimensional historical environments, and create dialogue of how local ecosystems have been formed.

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.