The Discovery Center of Idaho is excited to announce the arrival of the world-class exhibition, Exquisite Creatures, an artistic experience that unravels humanity’s intimate relationship with the natural world, opening Monday, September 20th, 2021. Artist, naturalist and New York Times bestselling author Christopher Marley reveals the obscure beauty in nature through his three-dimensional work with animal, mineral and plant specimens.
Visitors will experience the ancient connection between art, nature and science at Marley’s awe-inspiring exhibit. Tapping the natural world as his medium, his revolutionary work features rare elements of nature in the precise geometric compositions that have become his signature.
All of the organisms used in Marley's work are either reclaimed (in the case of vertebrates) or sustainably obtained (in the case of insects) using a worldwide network of people and institutions that share his passion for nature.
Marley works to remove much of the threat we naturally feel from unfamiliar organisms by focusing on their physical design elements. He believes the love for non-human life we innately possess can sometimes be overshadowed by the threat of the unknown. When experienced as an element of a geometric composition, a texture study or a color story, even the most fearsome organisms can be experienced with fresh eyes.
Exquisite Creatures will be at the Discovery Center of Idaho September 20th, 2021 - February 20th, 2022.
About Christopher Marley
Christopher Marley is an artist, designer, photographer and author, who uses preserved natural specimens as his medium. He grew up in Oregon, and works to broaden the world’s appreciation for the little-known or misunderstood artifacts of nature and remove the threat we sometimes feel from these organisms by focusing on their physical design. Marley collects or reclaims his subjects in an environmentally sensitive manner using a worldwide network of people and institutions that share his passion for nature. He maintains design studios in Oregon and Malaysia, where he develops new methods to preserve natural artifacts of all kinds. His three-dimensional art has been featured in numerous publications including Scientific American, Wired, Smithsonian.com and the Audubon magazine. Marley’s popular first book, Pheromone (Pomegranate, 2008) focused on his artwork with insects and was listed as one of the best books of the year by The Times (UK). His second book, Biophilia (Abrams, 2015) was a New York Times bestseller.
"Whether or not we consider ourselves nature enthusiasts, the love of life affects us all – we are instinctively inclined to care for it, to understand it, and to be good stewards of it,” said Christopher Marley. “I am thrilled to share Exquisite Creatures with people in the Boise community because I believe visual enjoyment of the natural world is one of the most effective tools for motivating learning and understanding. As we develop our own personal, unique connection to nature, we benefit increasingly from its restorative effects. Our creativity increases. Our outlook brightens. We become happier and more complete, both as individuals and as a society.”
About the Center
The Discovery Center is a private non-profit 501(C)3 organization. Our mission is to inspire lifelong interest and learning in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). We believe learning is fun and expands minds and lives. Because of the opportunities and exhibitions we provide, our community is more scientifically literate, curious, and empowered to explore.
Mon - Sat
10am - 4:30pm
12pm - 4:30pm
Thank you for supporting lifelong learning in STEM! The Discovery Center of Idaho is thrilled to provide this world-class exhibition to the community. There are some items you should know before your visit:
- Timed entry ticket purchases with limited capacity
- Visitors age 2 and older are encouraged to wear face masks in the galleries
- Social distancing between groups is required.
- Contact-free payment options at the door (Debit or Credit Card ONLY)
- Designated entrance and exit with an automatic door opener to minimize surface contact
- Galleries will have a specific route to follow to help maintain social distancing
- Floor staff busy cleaning all surfaces throughout the day
- Automatic hand sanitation stations and hand washing throughout the Center
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