Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Ashes & Snow: an incredible photo exhibit

If you are in or near New York City between now and June 6 2005, you should plan to visit "The Nomadic Museum" and treat your eyes and soul to one of the most beautiful and profound photo exhibitions in recent memory.

Gregory Colbert, a Canadian photographer/artist, has spent years on various photo exhibitions all over Planet Earth -- and this exhibit is the culmination of his efforts to present many endangered species in a unique context with their bipedal-domesticated primate friends -- otherwise known as "humans".

This exhibition is truly revolutionary in many ways: it includes a massive portable "museum" that will house the exhibition as it travels around the world; designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, this modular collection of exhibit rooms is made of containers that can be assembled and disassembled like the pieces of a Lego puzzle.

The exhibition also has a beautiful web site, and because of its simplicity of function and design, it should be a required visit for all who consider themselves "web site designers." (That would be about 250,000,000,000 semi-literate morons with a mouse and a modem...)

The web site contains a nice overview of the exhibition, a short bio on artist Colbert, and a sample gallery of these breathtaking photos.

One glance at any one of these pictures, and one has to wonder how puny, egotistical Humankind manages to assume a pose of superiority over these magnificent creatures who share our small dying, polluted planet.

Check it out; it might be the last time you're able to see these animal spirits in something other than a catalogue of vanished species.

(You might have missed the Passenger Pigeon, you can tell your grandkids that you once saw a photo of a real live leopard!)


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Ashes and Snow online (http://www.ashesandsnow.org/)