Thursday, October 01, 2009

Dinosaurs in Chalk

In a story in the Harvard Crimson, it is reported that an art student has done a chalk mural of the history of life. The report states:
Yesterday, on a bright and sunny afternoon, Sidewalk Sam, a Boston-based artist most recognized for his chalked sidewalk murals, collaborated with Harvard Museum of Natural History to draw a timeline of the earth’s 4.6 billion year history and the diversity of life forms that existed during these eras.

The mural project began to materialize when a graduate student in paleontology, Ben Kotrc, met Sidewalk Sam during the summer at an event. The project attracted young children of all ages and encouraged students to marvel at the foreign life forms created by the artist and other collaborators.
Sounds neat, but, unaccountably, the story has no pictures. I wrote the Crimson the following comment:
Why would you write a story on some neat murals and not show the murals? It reminds me of the Monty Python's sketch: "For the first time on record, the 1972 eclipse of the sun."
Hopefully not too snotty but that sounds like the kind of thing that most people would want to see.

UPDATE: MuseumGoer adds a link to pictures of the sidewalk. They are here.

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