Art News: James Gurney ‘Dinotopia’ Exhibit and Strange Roadside Attraction of 70 Steampunk Birds

7 Jun
2010

JAMES GURNEY ‘DINOTOPIA’ EXHIBIT AT NORTON MUSUEM OF ART

Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney opened June 5th at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, FL and runs through September 5, 2010.

Inspired by a deep and abiding interest in archaeology, lost civilizations, and the art of illustration, James Gurney invites viewers to enter a whimsical world in which dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side. Recounted in words and pictures in the best-selling book series Dinotopia, the artist’s compelling tale has engaged and enchanted readers by inviting them to explore the far reaches of a mysterious destination.

The Dinotopia storyline chronicles the adventures and remarkable experiences of Professor Arthur Denison and his son Will on Dinotopia, a mysterious “lost” island inhabited by dinosaurs and shipwrecked travelers. His first Dinotopia book, the New York Times bestseller Dinotopia: A Land Apart From Time, appeared in 18 languages in more than 30 countries and sold two million copies.

Gurney’s luminous paintings, beautifully crafted drawings and hand-made models, which are featured in this exhibition, explore the wonders of the distant past through the lens of the imagination.

70 STEAMPUNK BIRDS  IN A STRANGE ROADSIDE ATTRACTION

On U.S. Highway 12 in Wisconsin lies a very special roadside attraction: Dr. Evermor’s Scrap Metal Yard.

Probably the most amazing part of the junk yard is the Bird Band, a congregation of 70 birds made from scrap metal instruments. The theme is percussion and strings — there is a metal cello, various bells in all shapes and sizes, xylophones, tubes and flutes.

Take a look at Dr. Evermor’s sculptures in this video…

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