MESOZOIC - Between Extinctions


Around 250 million years ago the Earth experienced its most catastrophic extinction of life that has ever occurred. The Permian mass extinction, where 95% of all living species disappeared forever, led to the beginning of the Mesozoic era, also known as the Age of Reptiles. For 186 million years dinosaurs and marine reptiles flourished until they suffered their own mass extinction wiping them from the face of the earth. The Jurassic Coast in Dorset, England offers a portal into this former world we can barely even hope to imagine.

This Collection seeks to represent the Mesozoic journey from the spontaneity of new creation, through the establishment of form and life, back to the chaos of a devastating extinction...


MESOZOIC I

Mass extinction events have occurred naturally throughout the history of this planet. Differing causes have been diagnosed including asteroid impacts, ice ages and the formation of supercontinents. In our story the Permian mass extinction marked the end of hundreds of millions of years of life, and paved the way for a fresh era of creation where new life would flourish...

MESOZOIC II

After the spontaneity of a fresh beginning new life began to grow. The first period of the Mesozoic era marked a time of hostile deserts that stretched across vast continents. In the course of this period of time a network of sandy rivers flowed in from the south and carved their way across the arid landscape...

MESOZOIC III

As the Triassic Period came to an end so did the sand and dust. The second Period of the Mesozoic Era saw the creation of rich ecosystems and a new watery world was starting to take shape. Rocks began to form in shallow sea beds and reptiles began their rein across this new landscape. Structure and form was beginning to become seemingly more permanent...

MESOZOIC IV

The changing aquatic habitats continued to develop and the giant marine reptiles of the shallow seas were joined on terra firma by dinosaurs and in the air by pterosaurs. These beasts swam, walked and flew across the landscape for millions of years. As time passed the shallow sea bed environment changed rapidly and we encounter a series of sandstone, grit and limestone layers that would go on to entomb the fossils of this ancient world.

MESOZOIC V

At the end of the Mesozoic era a cataclysmic event brings yet another seismic change to the planet. It's speculated that an object six miles wide sped through space and smashed into the earth. Molten rock rained fiery destruction across the planet causing mass devastation to all species. A darkness fell across the land, sea and air and our Mesozoic era came to a close...