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Glass Delusions

1 December, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


How do minerals become living things? In this exhibition of prints, drawings, videos and objects, Artist in Residence Eleanor Morganexplores the slippery boundary between living and non-living materials. Her work is inspired by the Grant Museum’s collection of intricate glass sponges – animals that naturally build themselves out of glass – they are formed of 90% silica.

Over the last year, Eleanor Morgan has been the Leverhulme Trust funded Artist in Residence at the Grant Museum of Zoology. Investigating the collection of glass sponges, Eleanor has been exploring glass as a material, its cultural significance and how living and inorganic glass interact. Glass Delusions is an exhibition of new work inspired by the Museum’s collection, the conversations she has had with biologists, chemists, geologists and engineers along the way, and the challenge of re-animating a museum of dead creatures.


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