Saffron Walden Museum's new exhibition builds a bridge between art gallery and museum culture
A new exhibition at Saffron Walden Museum examines how today's society might be preserved in the fossil record.
Fossilisation: A Slice of the Anthropocene combines original bronze sculptures by artist Kabir Hussain with objects from across the museum’s collections. It runs until March 20 next year in the museum’s ground-floor Special Exhibitions Gallery.
Themes of preservation, fossilisation, discovery and fossil reconstruction complement cultural references from Henry Moore to Rodin to blockbuster animation. Kabir’s original sculptures will be for sale throughout the exhibition period.
A spokesperson for the museum said: "Featured items from across the museum’s geology collection remind us how fossils preserve the essential elements of life over millions of years.
"Artefacts drawn from archaeology, world cultures and social history explore how modern humans have grown away from the essential to invent tools, toys and technology, and come to rely on these new essentials as a modern species. Will these be the items that define us in the fossil record thousands or millions of years from now?"
James Lumbard, natural sciences officer at Saffron Walden Museum, said: "I'm really excited to work with Kabir and host his work in this unique collaboration and exhibition. I enjoyed taking my lead from Kabir’s work, to explore what items define us as the species of the modern world and how they set us apart from every other species."
Kabir said: "Fossilisation: A Slice of the Anthropocene has been a unique opportunity to build a bridge between art gallery and museum culture. It's been an extremely rewarding interaction.
"Initially a concept to explore ancient fossils, this has led to making sculptures that are reflective of our society, informing yet stepping up to exist as contemporary art objects contextualised within a museum and art historical frame."
For more information about the exhibition, see the website www.saffronwaldenmuseum.org or call 01799 510333.