Experience how awe-inspiring the natural world can be through the intricate design of its inhabitants. Examine the connections between art and science through stunning three-dimensional displays of rare specimens from all over the world.
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About the Exhibit
Fine Art & Science
How are biology and art connected? Christopher Marley’s creations demonstrate that art is an integral element in exploring and inspiring science. These collections give visitors an opportunity to learn about biodiversity, morphology, biomimicry, and taxonomy.
This curated collection of art exhibits remarkable specimens and allows visitors to observe up-close outstretched parrot wings from Brazil, iridescent butterflies from Thailand, and intertwined octopuses from the Atlantic—all in one place.
All subjects have been reclaimed or sourced in an environmentally sensitive manner. By preserving these organisms, Marley creates lasting tributes to their masterful design and profound beauty.
About the Artist
Christopher Marley is an artist, naturalist and bestselling author whose three-dimensional art features reclaimed and sustainably sourced animal, mineral and plant specimens arranged in precise, geometric compositions.
Raised in Oregon, Christopher Marley left home at 18 to pursue a career in fashion while studying art and design. During his travels, what began as an interest in enigmatic organisms and minerals soon became his life’s work: to broaden the world’s appreciation for the little-known and misunderstood artifacts of nature.
Possessing a brilliant eye for color, pattern, and texture, Marley explores the deep relationships between vastly different natural objects with the goal of deepening our relationship with the world around us. Marley maintains design studios in Oregon and Malaysia where he develops new methods to preserve natural artifacts of all kinds.
Marley’s three-dimensional art has been featured in numerous publications including Smithsonian.com, Scientific American, Wired, and Audubon magazine. His popular first book, Pheromone, was listed as one of the best books of the year by The Times (UK). His second book, Biophilia, was a New York Times bestseller.
Design your own art, see a live scorpion, and more! The Nature Lab is a hands-on space that features artistic and scientific interactive activities.
This all-ages lab aims to inspire science and conservation through the recognition of art and beauty in nature. Excited to learn more? Stop by this OMSI-curated space located at the end of the Exquisite Creatures exhibit.