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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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

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