a Museum Mount
Art, Science and Magic
the Museum needed a unique mount for its Wandering
Albatross skeleton, it turned to nationally-renowned mounting
expert Terry Brown, of Museum Professionals, Inc. We
asked him to pose the skeleton in flight, mounted inside a life-size bird
The special challenge
of the Wandering Albatross was its wingspan, almost twelve (12) feet,
the largest in the world.
A mount must display a specimen so that it can be seen by visitors and
at the same time be protected from dust, heat, bugs, etc. This
model needed a clear plastic underside to make the skeleton visible.
He created a remarkable
piece of work.
For more information on theWandering Albatross, Click Here
This was the
process he used to get ready to make the mold:
the skeleton in flight position here in the Museum lab.
first constructed a model of the bird using fiber glass, wood and
blocks of foam. Steel bars and wire mesh made the wings. Then
he added a layer of fiberglass and resin.
he applied 150 pounds of clay.
Which he then
sculpted and carved into all the external details of the bird including
he was ready make the mold for the external shell.
here to move on.
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