Museum of Natural Selection

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“I don’t think art can stand up to nature.”

-Walter De Maria

My assistant Tulip and I went to check on the Museum of Natural Selection and test out the new waders yesterday.
Everything went well except that the Museum was gone.
My first instinct was to blame The Man… Jay-Z and BeyoncĂ© must have made a call to the Parks Department, and the suits had hauled it off to an underground storage facility. But after some serious wading in the post-storm flood waters we found a piece of the wreckage, 40 yards downstream. So this Biblical destruction was probably wrought by certified teenage art critics, with too much time on their hands during Holy Week.
In a way this makes me feel better, knowing that the plastic lobster I pulled out of the stream has been returned to the wild, rather than living out its near-eternal plastic life in a landfill or art gallery. Does that make me insufficiently environmental? It’s a question I’ll ponder on Saturday as I wade in the waters, looking for old and new friends.

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This week’s acquisition at the Museum of Natural Selection:hand holding an angular bone and a piece of white plastic. They look somewhat similsr.

An unidentified bone and an uncanny plastic facsimile.

And this!

A tiny sticker that says "I (heart) dolphins, J' (heart) les daupins"

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Yesterday’s curatorial criteria for the Museum of Natural Selection may have been as simple as “round things.”


The Museum itself is changing colors and collecting its own flotsam. If it was a mood ring it would be signaling contentment, with a passionate undercurrent.


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