The Alaska Paleo Project
TALKEETNA MOUNTAINS / CRETACEOUS OCEANS Once completed the exhibit will be a traveling art and museum installation featuring recently discovered ancient Alaskan marine reptiles and their environment from Alaska's mystic Talkeetna Mountains.
Other major discoveries from Southcentral Alaska’s Talkeetna Mountains will also be portrayed in the exhibit and will include: “Lizzie,” Alaska’s first and oldest duck-billed dinosaur, Alaska’s only ankylosaurus - also discovered in the Talkeetna Mountains, as well as currently unidentified giant ammonites sculptures currently under construction.
Initial video trailer / updated version in development.
The highlight of the project for the artist so far - was to participate in an actual expedition into the Talkeetna Mountains with the University of Alaska Museum of the North to discover an actual elasmosaurus skeleton which is new to Alaska's fossil record. This expedition will also be included in a full scale documentary currently in development.
> In edition to the video documentary an large table top exhibit book is also in developoment and will feature the art and photography from the exhibit and various locations remote locations in Alaska and Hawaii.
Flying into base camp / Talkeetna Mountains, AlaskaLocation photography to be featured in exhibit book.
> We also provide - hands on - public outreach as the project developes in large public venues, including most recently the Anchorage Museum's Discovery Center.
The public has been encoraged to participate during scheduled work shop dates and actually assist in painting the 32ft mural and learn the process involved with creating a large scale museum exhibit.
> This project is currently being built in 3 phases and will feature life size sculptures and recreations of the ancient marine environment and its inhabitants from Alaskas Talkeetna Mountains fossil record.
Recently completed plesiosar head reconstruction.
> The exhibit also includes a hand painted, 32 foot mural by artist James Havens to serve as the back drop for the exhibit of which has recently been completed! > Artist James Havens at work on seafloor.> Scale models are being hand sculpted and photographed by artist James Havens. Additionally all photographic images have been shot by the artist and team on location in Hawaii and Alaska.
> Multi media displays are also being created and will be an important part of the exhibits experience, including wall wraps with graphics, display cases with actual / and cast Talkeetna Mountain fossils. Exhibit wall vinyl's / original exhibit photographs. T.V. monitors will play the educational documentary currently being produced illustrating the step-by-step process of creating this exhibit/art installation.
A Facebook Page has also been established to share my journey and adventures along the way and will be posted regularly on the artists Facebook blog: www.facebook.com/alaskapaleoproject
> Currently, we are actively seeking funding and welcome any interested individuals, sponsors and donors to assist us in reaching our funding and or creative goals for this project. For those corporate donors and sponsors that may require a itemized deduction i.e. materials, supplies and labor as well as the costs associated up to now for donating purposes - A full itemized financial budget is available upon request. - Thank you!
Scientific advisors for the project: >Patrick Druckenmiller, PhD Earth Sciences Curator at the University of Alaska Museum at the University of Alaska Fairbanks who Specializes in marine reptiles.
> Exhibit book bio image / Dr. Pat Druckenmiller >Anne Pasch PhD UA Professor Anchorage, Alaska and founder of The Alaska Museum of Science and NatureSpecializes in marine invertebrates.
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