BMNSM The Intersection of Art & Science
Who needs ART? We all do!
At the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, we know that the intersection of ART and SCIENCE is a beautiful place: A place where minds expand and joy reigns. It’s altogether too rare today. With your help, we can change that.
Jacques Vesery is a nationally renowned artist with a gift for interpreting the ocean and its lifeforms.
We asked him to create a 10-foot sculpture of the Blue Dragon, Glaucus atlanticus, one of the most unbelievable mollusk animals. They are able to process jellyfish’s stinging cells and store them in their own extremities, making the Blue Dragon both beautiful and dangerous. This normally very small creature lives free-floating, upside down, just below the surface of the ocean. Its sculpture will hang similarly from the ceiling of our atrium.
I’m sure you know that art can inspire our audience to see the parts of nature they may have overlooked; boldly expand their vision for how we can protect and repair our oceans; and create a passion for all the creatures in the ocean by seeing one of them portrayed by this inspirational artist.
The estimated cost of this project is $35,000. We need your help to finish this inspiring creation. I hope you too believe that it’s important to include art in everything we do. It will have an impact that science alone cannot offer.
We hope that you share our dream of seeing more public art in our community. Will you help transform the Museum experience for all of our visitors from around the world?
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Executive DirectorJacques Vesery working on the Blue Dragon Maquette in his studio.