New Saffron Walden Museum exhibition bridges art gallery and museum culture

A new exhibit at the Saffron Walden Museum examines how today’s society might be preserved in the fossil record.

Fossilization: A Slice of the Anthropocene combines original bronze sculptures by artist Kabir Hussain with objects from the museum’s collections. It will run until March 20 next year in the Special Exhibitions Gallery on the ground floor of the museum.

The themes of preservation, fossilization, discovery and reconstruction of fossils complete the cultural references from Henry Moore to Rodin through successful animation. Kabir’s original sculptures will be on sale for the duration of the exhibition.

Fossil sculptures by artist Kabir Hussain (52774267)

A museum spokesperson said: “The artefacts displayed throughout the museum’s geology collection remind us of how fossils have preserved essential elements of life for millions of years.

“Objects drawn from archeology, world cultures and social history explore how modern humans have moved away from the basics to invent tools, toys and technology, and have come to rely on on these new essentials as a modern species. Will they be the elements that will define us? in the fossil record thousands or millions of years ago? “

James Lumbard, Head of Natural Sciences at the Saffron Walden Museum, said: “I am truly delighted to work with Kabir and welcome his work in this unique collaboration and exhibition. I enjoyed taking inspiration from Kabir’s work, to explore what elements define us as species in the modern world and how they distinguish us from all other species. “

Kabir said: “Fossilization: A Slice of the Anthropocene was a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between the art gallery and museum culture. It has been an extremely rewarding interaction.

“Initially a concept for exploring ancient fossils, this has led to making sculptures that reflect our society, informing but intensifying to exist as contemporary art objects contextualized within a museum and art historical setting. “

For more information about the exhibit, visit or call 01799 510333.

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