Here’s an idea for interior designers and fancy aesthetes!
The Urweltmuseum (of the primeval world) in Hauff, Germany, is known among paleozoologists for housing the worlds biggest ammonites and especially a sea-lilly, that is over 18m long, a giant cousin of our starfish:
Probably you will find it as fascinating as I do, being able to see what a living creature might have been seeing 65-150 million years ago. But there is more to this museum. In Hauff there is a workshop attached to the main museum, where they clean, repair and prepare both private and professionally found fossils. They’re also selling such preparations as wall-panels that fit wonderfully into modern minimalistic living rooms for example, some very special sort of fresco. You can also choose the preparation of smaller fossils as objects, like a sculpture.
I didn’t see any prices on their page, supposedly it’s something to read about in the next “New Paris Interiors” at Taschen, rather than to put into once own home, but still the idea is intriguing to appreciate nature as art. If you take it this way, nature was the first artist around, and what we do is but one aspect of possible creation, just that one perspective, that pleases us in particular. And then you’d be looking at something immensely old, a very serious memento mori that doesn’t show you so much your individual constriction, but that of whole populations and worlds.
Whatever, in each case I find it beautiful, here – let me share this with you:
Here you can see for yourselves: http://www.urweltmuseum.de/en/fossils/