Lille Town Hall, Solo exhibition
Over the span of three months, thousands of school children gathered across the eight counties of Lille to participate in archeological digs. Among the Gallo-Roman pottery and everyday objects they unearthed were 80 mysterious bone sculptures, handcrafted and cast in resin. After much suspense, these 80 fantastical bone sculptures (some measuring over 3 meters long) have been reconstituted into the complete skeleton of a fantastical creature now on view at Lille Town Hall until January 13, 2012.
This remarkable project united children all over Lille and the surrounding region in a search through history and into the unknown. During the digs, children were asked to draw what they thought the Imaginary Creature could look like. Their hundreds of renderings are a powerful testament to the force of imagination.
Imaginary Creature was born out of Lucy + Jorge's Amazonia project and draws from their previous collaboration with the paleontology department of the Natural History Museum London. The project brings together scientists and artists to raise children's awareness not only of the metropolis they share but of a past, both real and imagined, wherein lie the future’s greatest possibilities.