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Inside Panama’s Biomuseo

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On the Isthmus of Panama—the narrow land bridge that connects North and South America—a striking new museum has opened its doors after nearly a decade of construction.

Designed by famed architect Frank Gehry, the Biomuseo (@biomuseo) celebrates the key role the isthmus played in the biodiversity of the planet, enabling species to migrate between the continents after it formed some three million years ago. More than 4,000 square meters (43,056 square feet) of gallery space host an immersive theater, interactive exhibitions and a series of larger-than-life models of prehistoric species.

The unique design of the structure takes its inspiration from the surrounding environment. The signature overlapping steel plates that make up the roof take their bright color scheme from the coloration of species native to the tropical region, and the building’s largely open-air floor plan reflects the tradition of local structures designed to cope with the warm climate in natural ways.

For Panama graphic designer and art director Raul Correa (@rauloo), the architecture and exhibitions come together to create a memorable experience. “The museum is a very photogenic and artistic place,” he explains. “The first time I visited, it was like being transported into a story—and I could understand how the Isthmus of Panama completely changed the world. It’s a fascinating story.”

I received some very sage advice from one of my Puerto Rico instructors a few days ago. The guy’s a researcher at Harvard, a biology professor at MassArt, and an artist. He’s pretty damn cool.

Anyway, what he told me (in my own words now, not his) was to not shy away from kissing ass. Because in all honesty, that’s the way to get a leg up over other people who want the same opportunities you want. There are a limited number of gigs, and you really have to be proactive about throwing your name and your work out there to get them. If you’re lucky, it won’t take your entire life to get noticed by the right people, and you’ll be where you want to be sooner rather than later. There’s a lot of luck involved, but unless you’re trying your hardest to get exposure to begin with, luck will have had nothing to do with you being unsuccessful. Do some pro bono work. Read up on new and interesting research, and just send out cold emails. You never know what’ll catch.

This is some of the more helpful words of wisdom I’ve received about my budding art career. It really helps to hear from someone who is somewhat in the field (even though he is mostly a scientist). It would’ve been great to meet his partner-in-crime (read: wife) who is a full time artist, and the other co-founder of the artbiocollaborative. I’m sure her input would’ve been invaluable as well. But alas, things happen.

My anxiety about this big life-goal transition has been slowly building for the past several months. And I hate talking about money, but when it is a legitimate concern, it’s hard not to think about anything else. I paid my first quarter fees yesterday and it felt like a punch in the gut. I’ve already spent a good chunk on art supplies in preparation, though I’m sure there will be more things I need once we get going. I have yet to find affordable housing and the first day of class is in 4 weeks. Nobody on craigslist is giving me the time of day…

Well. I just needed to write stuff out.

JUST GOTTA KEEP ON KEEPIN ON. I suppose.

huntinghawks:

Shared by West Coast Falconry on Facebook: “Here is a priceless photo! Neither birds are West Coast Falconry’s. A captive Harris Hawk at a museum up north was eating it’s rat on a perch outside when a wild female kestrel attempted to steal the rat. She left unharmed and empty taloned. Perfect photo timing = priceless image. :)”


Haha! That kestrel is like, oh shit what did I just get myself into?

huntinghawks:

Shared by West Coast Falconry on Facebook: “Here is a priceless photo! Neither birds are West Coast Falconry’s. A captive Harris Hawk at a museum up north was eating it’s rat on a perch outside when a wild female kestrel attempted to steal the rat. She left unharmed and empty taloned. Perfect photo timing = priceless image. :)”

Haha! That kestrel is like, oh shit what did I just get myself into?