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Neil H Buckland
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Feb 23, 2022
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Our exhibition at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon last year was a resounding success! It was a huge undertaking that took over a year to produce. After a ton of hard work, lots of help from the amazing exhibits team at the museum, and a week of 18hr days, the world's first artistic and educational exhibition of large-scale meteorite petrography was open to the public. We're proud to share these photos of the finished exhibit. Thanks so much to everyone who helped support us in realizing this vision! Neil H. Buckland and Dr. Tony Irving standing in front of their 17.5 foot print of Martian meteorite Northwest Africa (NWA) 10961, captured from a thin section slide on a custom-built micro-panoramic imaging system. Print size: 5.3 meters (17.5 feet) by 2.4 meters (8 feet). Actual field of view: 3.2 centimeters (1.25 inches) by 1.4 centimeters (0.56 inches).
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Neil H Buckland
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Nov 02, 2021
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Opening Night October 28th, 2021 On display through March 10, 2022 The Margolis Gallery is located inside a secured building. RSVP may be required. There is no entrance fee but visitors must sign in at the front desk. The Margolis Gallery at Congregation Beth Israel 5600 N Braeswood Blvd Houston, TX 77096 beth-israel.org (713) 771-6221
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Neil H Buckland
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Aug 11, 2020
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Seeing into Rocks from Oregon and Space Come to the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon for a truly spectacular view of unearthly beauty. This exhibit will feature the largest and most detailed photographic prints ever made from petrographic thin sections. Read the official press release below: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, January 27, 2021 Contact: Heidi Hagemeier, director of communications, 541-382-4754 ext. 166, hhagemeier@highdesertmuseum.org See into Extraterrestrial Rocks in New Exhibit Cosmic Microscapes BEND, OR — What do ancient pieces of cooled magma from the Moon and Mars have in common with samples from an eruption of Oregon’s Lava Butte only 7,000 years ago? Examined under a microscope, lava rocks from Earth, Moon, Mars and asteroids have striking similarities – not to mention exceptional abstract beauty! Discover the hidden art of igneous rocks from Oregon and other planets in our solar system in a new High Desert Museum exhibit, Cosmic Microscapes: Seeing Into Rocks from Oregon & Space, opening Saturday, March 6, 2021. This unique exhibition presents fine art imagery of igneous rocks from four sites in the Northwest and elsewhere in our solar system, along with scientific captions detailing their origins, mineral composition and structure. These are the largest photographic prints ever made from petrographic thin sections! Some of the actual rocks, including lunar and Martian samples, will also be on display. Cosmic Microscapes is a project that marries art and science to reveal the dazzling abstract beauty of meteorites. Small pieces of the Moon, Mars and asteroids were sliced paper-thin and photographed at staggeringly high resolution to produce prints of unprecedented scale. This ongoing project is a collaboration between Seattle photographer Neil H. Buckland and University of Washington professor and meteorite scientist Dr. Tony Irving. The two met four years ago when connected by a private collector who wanted his extensive meteorite collection catalogued and photographed. After completing the project, Irving sent Buckland a thin slice of rock to photograph for a geology conference. “I looked at it and immediately saw art,” Buckland said. “It was colorful, nuanced, utterly fascinating. I felt that everyone should see this and I became obsessed with capturing every detail in the greatest clarity possible.” The photographs in this exhibition were captured from glass microscope slides manufactured by Spectrum Petrographics, a specialty lab in Vancouver, WA that produces petrographic thin sections for industrial and scientific analysis. The slides contain rock samples which are sliced and polished to a thickness of just 30 microns, about a third of the width of human hair. To the naked eye, such thin sections can appear colorless, nearly transparent, but special lighting reveals a wide range of vibrant colors resembling abstract art. As an art photographer, Buckland was not satisfied with the image quality produced by a standard scientific microscope and digital sensor. He spent a year building a new system from the ground up with a professional camera at its core and the ability to perfectly stitch hundreds of images together for enormously detailed, large-scale fine art prints. “Beyond the aesthetic quality and full-immersion visual experience you get from these prints, there’s a scientific advantage to seeing the specimens presented this way,” said Irving, one of the world’s top experts on Martian meteorites. “A geologist looking down the microscope can only see one or two millimeters of the specimen at once. To see more, we move the slide around, but then we lose the context. I’ve looked at thin sections my entire career, but the scale and detail of these prints let us see everything at once, in context like we’ve never seen before. It actually enhances our scientific understanding.” “The collaboration of Neil Buckland and Dr. Irving has merged art and science in a way that we are excited to explore,” said Museum Executive Director Dana Whitelaw, Ph.D. “With Lava Butte in our backyard, the photographs give us a unique and personal connection to our solar system.” Cosmic Microscapes: Seeing Into Rocks from Oregon & Space (highdesertmuseum.org/cosmic-microscapes) will be on display through July 18, 2021. The exhibit is made possible by Avion Water Company and Lonza Pharma and Biotech with support from 1859 Oregon’s Magazine – Statehood Media and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. ABOUT THE MUSEUM: THE HIGH DESERT MUSEUM opened in Bend, Oregon in 1982. It brings together wildlife, cultures, art, history and the natural world to convey the wonder of North America’s High Desert. The Museum uses indoor and outdoor exhibits, wildlife in natural habitats and living history demonstrations to help people discover and appreciate this diverse region. The Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is a Smithsonian Affiliate, was a 2018 finalist for the National Medal for Museum and Library Services and is the 2019 recipient of the Western Museums Association’s Charles Redd Award for Exhibition Excellence. highdesertmuseum.org ###
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