Tag: art

Wildlife

GALLERY: the Blaschkas’ tiny glass sea anemones

Blaschka models were created in the 1800s by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka to replicate marine invertebrates, including the sea anemones pictured in this gallery. The idea of Blaschka models came about as a result of the difficulty in preserving real-life specimens, which could not be put on display or be used for educational purposes as traditional methods of preservation caused fading and distortion. Here, you can admire the handwork of the Blaschka family, who created a formidable business selling these delicate glass models to museums around the world. The Blaschka models are now on display in the 200 Treasures exhibition in the Australian Museum’s Westpac Long Gallery. You can read more about the history of these Blaschka models in the upcoming issue of Australian Geographic which hits stands on 2 November.

History & Culture

GALLERY: Hill End, NSW

Once brought to life by one of NSW’s largest gold rushes, the now tiny town of Hill End has played a central role in Australia’s art world for generations. From Russel Drysdale to Brett Whiteley, Margaret Olley to John Olsen, Hill End has played muse to the best in the business. Today the tradition continues, with some of Australia’s foremost artists calling the town home. All photos by Don Fuchs. Read more about Hill End in AG#135, out now.

History & Culture

GALLERY: Modern Aboriginal art

Emerging from the world’s oldest living culture, contemporary Aboriginal art has taken to the global stage to tell tales of ancient landscapes and storylines. Read our full story on the history and future of Aboriginal art in AG #131, available now.

Science & Environment

X-ray Vision: fish inside out

An exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney features unusual images captured with a digital radiographic machine and arranged in an evolutionary sequence. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History fish curator Sandra Raredon captured the images of thousands of fish specimens. All up, the institution, in Washington DC, has four million individual specimens representing 70 per cent of total fish diversity. The X-rays allow scientists to document internal features without ruining specimens, but they also make for unusual abstract artworks. The exhibition will be open until February 2016.