Congratulations to Marshall Shorten on the selection of his artwork “Cosmic Hero” for the “Fantastic Flyers” Exhibition that will be taking place at COSI in Columbus, OH.
Artists who submitted work for the jury-selected exhibit that will be displayed in the gallery hallways outside of the Traveling Exhibit Gallery were asked to consider the following for their design:
“Imagine a creature, the size of a giraffe, having the wingspan and ability to take flight. Can you picture it? What if such a creature existed? Pterosaurs were such flying reptiles that lived among dinosaurs more than 220 million years ago. Neither bat nor bird, pterosaurs were the first and largest vertebrae ever to successfully take flight due to their elongated fourth finger and hollow bones. Fossil tracks also showed pterosaurs to have the ability to walk on all four limbs by tucking away their wings.
What do you think a pterosaur would look like today? Your task is to imagine, create, and illustrate your own interpretation of a flying creature. What is the name of your flying creature? What does it look like? Where does it live? What does it eat? Does it have any predators? Whatever the idea for your creature, it must be able to fly and have the ability to walk on its wings, similar to the pterosaur”.
Marshall’s piece will be on display throughout the duration of the exhibit, from December 2022 until April 2023, and is one of 24 works selected out of 200 submissions for the show. Top prize winners for the exhibition will be awarded on December 3rd at the opening reception at COSI.