A Million Years Under The Sea

Date Made: 
2005
Location: 
Dudley, Birmingham
Materials and Size: 
Steel, Resin, Light, 2.5m x 1.5m Diameter
Commissioner: 
Dudley Council

This cylindrical sculpture displays a selection of pre-historic sea creatures whose fossilised remains have been found in Dudley, Birmingham. They date back millions of years to a time when the whole area was under the sea.

Ten individual casts of imprints were taken from different fossils in the local museum, arranged in patterns on a relief surface and moulded in clay. They were then cast into translucent colour-tinted resin and mounted into the steel structure. During the daytime, natural light passes through the resin and illuminates it; at night the sculpture is lit from within.

Identifying the imprints of ammonites and trilobites that existed 300 million years ago gives real context to the place where the sculpture is standing, and also a sense of wonder at the vast periods of time that have passed.

Raphael Daden Light Artist  Dudley Birmingham resin led lighting
Raphael Daden Light Artist  Dudley Birmingham resin led lighting
Raphael Daden Light Artist  Dudley Birmingham resin led lighting
Raphael Daden Light Artist  Dudley Birmingham resin led lighting
Raphael Daden Light Artist  Dudley Birmingham resin led lighting
Raphael Daden Light Artist  Dudley Birmingham resin led lighting

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