Desert with Animal Skeletons

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Desert with Animal Skeletons, Acrylic Collage, 31,5×39,4 inch, 2007. Into this part of the Libyan desert only rare expeditions arrive in search of the rare green stones from the legendary Skarabaeus in the jewellery of the Pharao Tutanchamun, a material, which probably resulted from a cosmic event in the Libyan desert. One arrives on the way of a thousand years old “silk road” used allready in the era of antique Egypt. In the foreground of the picture lie two petrified animal skeletons in the stony sandy soil – turtle and crocodile – both from the oil shale pit of Messel/Germany. Only one kind of crocodile was continuous inhabitant of the former Messel lake. It belonged to the most frequent that to altogether the seven large reptiles, which remained in the oil shale of the pit. Whether they temporarily immigrated or were rinsed as cadaver into the lake is unclear. Anyhow one up to four meter long monsters were under them. The stomach stones discovered in their entrails served them as ballast when dipping. Today the pit Messel belongs to the most famous places of discovery from the eozaen. There scientist found fossil remainders of insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals even. To this exotic animal world among other things giant ants, giant queues, even crocodiles belonged and up to 2 meters high giant run birds. In addition huschten fox-large original horses, tapirs, ant bear and shed animals by the tropical forest. Also half apes, hedgehog-similar insectivores, bats and amazingly many kinds of bird. Between Frankfurt/Main and Darmstadt convenient, Messel was 50 million years ago still on the height of the today’s Siziliens, thus substantially more near at the equator. There were not the continents, how we know them today, at this time yet. Perhaps you visit the world nature inheritance pit Messel once, by the way the only UNESCO nature inheritance place in Germany. The form of the pyramid-like collections in the back ground are perhaps the models of Egyptian monumental architecture. Forces of the decomposition out-modelled these rock pyramids from this former plateau. The same applies to the stele like rock material above the animal skeletons. Set up flag stones served the caravan leaders over thousands of years as pinpointing characters of the correct way – similar the stone pyramids in the alps, which ensure that the mountain climbers and/or -walker do not get off the way. Over the Stele field flys a game goose, one of the pinnated “actors”, flying over it, who from birth on were fixed to human spare parents, so that they fulfilled the dream of the French film producer Jacques Perrin – to see once the earth with the eyes of the birds, to fly along with the birds on their thousands of kilometers far migrations over seas and continents of our planet. The teams of the Frenchman were world-wide in action – at the soil as in the ultralight aircraft. Perhaps the goose in this picture flew also in the reality over this part of the Libyan desert. They fulfill the dream of many humans in this acryl collage and stand contrary to petrifying which are because of the soil.

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