Amazonia: Aepyornis (Elephant bird egg, Madagascar)
Lucy + Jorge Orta, 2010
- Ref: 5508.02
- Materials: Royal Limoges porcelain fossil cast, enamel drawings. Piece unique
- Dimensions: 35 x 25 x 25cm
- Exhibition history: 2012 Domaine de Chamarande, France; 2011 Motive Gallery Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Courtesy: The Artists
- Concept: The Royal Limoges porcelain edition egg cast is from a specimen in the Natural History Museum of London's collection: the elephant bird Aepyornis. Bones are memento mori, reminders of death, but the egg is birth, the start of life, tender and precious - recording the wonders of nature's shapes and forms of bygone times and the present.
The flowers, butterflies and insects that populate these works point to the cycle of life and the beauty and wealth of our planet. The act of drawing can be seen as the activity of life itself. There is an underlying melancholy of the end of time, and the hot breath of extinction.