Friday, January 22, 2010

Dino Art: Can You Dig It?

"Jurassic art"
Sandra Frykholm, Sequim Gazette (January 20, 2010)

"A 200-pound humerus rests on a custom-made workbench where Don Bradley is preparing it to be mounted on stainless steel arches over a foot-thick slab of giant sequoia.

" 'Whole bones are so hard to find, I decided not to section it into pieces,' Bradley said.

"A dinosaur enthusiast since childhood, Bradley has rekindled his interest as he nears retirement. His unique approach uses dinosaur fossils in artistic presentations suitable for public or private art collections.

" 'This stuff was found 50 years ago,' Bradley said. He acquired most of his fossils from an old-timer in the Southwest. ..."

(from Sequim Gazette, used w/o permission)

Bradley cuts and polishes some fossils, leaves some in their natural state.

Photos in the article and on Bradley's website show impressive - and attractive pieces of sculpture. I can see why someone would want to buy them.

What the article didn't say, was how he makes sure that he doesn't make something that's interesting to a paleontologist into a paperweight. Given his long interest in dinosaurs, I'm assuming that he's got a process for that.

Don Bradley's studio website, Paleo Lithic Art:

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