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New exhibit at OMSI combines art, nature and science in awe-inspiring display of natural world

COURTESY PHOTO  - Artist and naturalist Christopher Marleys exhibit Exquisite Creatures is available for viewing through Feb. 20, 2020 at OMSI.

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"Exquisite Creatures," an artistic experience that unravels humanity's intimate relationship with the natural world, is making its Oregon debut at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).

Artist, naturalist and New York Times bestselling author Christopher Marley reveals the obscure beauty in nature through his three-dimensional work with animal, mineral and plant specimens.

Guests will experience the ancient connection between art, nature and science at Marley's awe-inspiring exhibit.

Tapping the natural world as his medium, his revolutionary work features rare elements of nature in the precise geometric compositions that have become his signature.

"Whether or not we consider ourselves nature enthusiasts, the love of life affects us all — we are instinctively inclined to care for it, to understand it, and to be good stewards of it," Marley said. "I am thrilled to share 'Exquisite Creatures' with the Portland community because I believe visual enjoyment of the natural world is one of the most effective tools for motivating learning and understanding."

All of the organisms used in Marley's work are either reclaimed (in the case of vertebrates) or sustainably obtained (in the case of insects) using a worldwide network of people and institutions that share his passion for nature.

Marley works to remove much of the threat we naturally feel from unfamiliar organisms by focusing on their physical design elements. He believes the love for nonhuman life we innately possess can sometimes be overshadowed by the threat of the unknown. When experienced as an element of a geometric composition, a texture study or a color story, even the most fearsome organisms can be experienced with fresh eyes.

"'Exquisite Creatures' opens the door to a variety of complex topics by highlighting nature's inherent beauty and design," said Nancy Stueber, OMSI president and CEO.

"This exhibit is a stunning and insightful way to show that art, science and nature are very much linked together and does a great job at making those topics accessible to audiences of all ages."

"Exquisite Creatures" is on view now through Feb. 17.

General admission to the museum is $15 for adults, $10.50 for youth ages 3 through 13 and $12 for seniors, 63+. The exhibit is free for OMSI members. Guests can purchase tickets online at, via phone at 503-797-4000 or in person at the museum.

Christopher Marley

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