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12 February - 2 April 2014
Darwin (or) Bust
UCL’s Institute of Making, together with UCL Structural and Molecular Biology, UCL Genetics, Evolution and Environment and the Grant Museum had challenged the IoM’s members to recreate the Darwin bust for the Darwin Building in any way they like. The winning Darwin is now displayed in the empty window of the Darwin Building (site where he lived on returning from The Beagle voyage) thus bringing Darwin back home.
The reimagined Darwins are currently displayed in a dual-location (the Grant Museum and the Darwin Building) with the exhibition opening on Darwin’s birthday.
Using only the data from a 3D scan of the bust, or a full sized foam Darwin milled from this data using a massive robot arm at The Bartlett School of the Built Environment, the makers were invited to get creative, get technical, get messy and get involved with re-imagining, and replicating the man. Will they mould him from jelly? Cast a hologram? Mill him from wood?
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