600 million years,
9 meters long and 4 meters tall.
These are the record numbers of Andrea Baucon’s Paleobiologica, a series of large-sized artworks celebrating the evocative power of Paleontology. It is not a case that Paleobiologica accompanied Dinoexpo, world’s largest traveling exhibition about dinosaurs, hosted by the UNESCO Geopark Naturtejo (Portugal).
This symbiotic relationship between science and esthetics makes Paleobiologica more than simply an art exhibit. Intended as a visual narration of biological evolution, Paleobiologica traverses deep time through the diversity of life. Each painting corresponds either to a fossil site or a moment in geological time; past ecosystems have been reconstituted through a meticulous scientific approach. This book features full-color illustrations of works in Paleobiologica, along with texts that explore the scientific research behind the exhibition. A short foreword by Andrea Baucon explains the history and ideas behind this event. This is followed by a lavish full-colour portfolio of the paleontologic visions, ranging from Ediacaran underwater scenarios to a 36-metre-square Mesozoic landscape and a snow-covered panorama with mammoth
Andrea Baucon is a geologist and paleontologist with the UNESCO Geopark Naturtejo Meseta Meridional. The author is active in scientific research, dedicating himself to the study of fossil and recent traces (ichnology). He is interested in using ichnological data to investigate the interactions between organisms and the environment, especially from a behavioural perspective. He has participated in a number of geological and paleontological missions focusing especially on the fossil records of Portugal, Mongolia and the Alps. Baucon is also specialized in geotourism and, in particular, in popularizing geological heritage through digital media. He has produced computer animations for documentaries, interactive exhibits and art festivals. Baucon also created “Geodelica Trilogy”, a Video Art installation mixing music, fossils, computer-generated graphics, animations, fractal art and petrographic thin sections. For more information: www.geologyinart.com