October 19th, 2019

krazy koati

She's got a set of gills like no fish I've ever seen

Through early summer 2018 the Grand Rapids Public Museum had a temporary exhibit: Dragons, Unicorns, and Mermaids. We finally got to see it.

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Right up front we've got a nice-looking dragon, wings reaching up maybe twelve feet off the floor.


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There was not much to keep us from touching if we really wanted to, just a polite request and the fear of having our hands bitten off by a cage-protective dragon.


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Peering up through the translucent wings to the lights above the entrance. Notice that little patch of rainbow above the dragon's head; we'll come to that.


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The Kraken! And also a shark and a manatee just hanging around. I remember there also being a TV showing an interview with someone from Coney Island, talking about the Mermaid Parade and related sea-creature activities.


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Another view of the kraken with more tentacle and giant eye activity.


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A lineup of water-monster figures that I failed to get a good picture of the display label for. Sorry.


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Now we're moving into mermaids, with this a reproduction, I believe it was, of a ship's figurehead.


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Here the museum tries to convince us of the existence of manatees.


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The exhibit tries to localize this mythic creatures thing by suggesting how various legendary animal stuff might be, like, beaver fur or something you'd see from Michigan.


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bunny_hugger getting some snaps of a unicorn while she's able.


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