Royal Horticultural Halls – LAWRENCE HALL TO HOST SEA CREATURES EXHIBITION THIS SUMMER
SEA CREATURES opens at the Royal Horticultural Halls, Lawrence Hall in London between July 27 and August 30 ,before touring the UK, stopping in Edinburgh, Harrogate, and Belfast, and will see fifty ethically sourced, real-life specimens of creatures including a Baleen Whale, Whale Shark, Great White Shark, Dolphin, Seal, Octopus, Penguin and Sting Ray on display, allowing visitors to glimpse inside the majestic beasts, learning about the complex life systems within and why we need to protect precious ocean life.
The painstakingly preserved displays use the same plastination process developed by Dr. Gunther von Hagens and made famous by artist Damien Hirst, replacing fluids and soluble fats with resins and allowing us to view incredibly accurate ‘cross-sections’ of the creatures.
Alongside the many full-body exhibits will be a host of smaller displays, including the lung and eyeball of a Mink Whale, a whale’s kidney, and the egg of a King Penguin, a Sea Lion’s heart and shark’s teeth. In total, over 200 exhibits will be on show. The educational exhibition will also feature digital interactive experiences, allowing children to immerse themselves in an underwater world.
Sea creatures will be brought to life by a range of virtual reality experiences and will allow visitors to explore the deepest regions of planet earth’s oceans. Naz Kabir of Culture Event Creative, who are bringing the exhibition to the UK in partnership with the Scottish Association for Maritime Science (SAMS), says: “Our fascination with the oceans is unwavering and the chance to get up-close and hands on with these majestic creatures is an incredible experience for children and adults.
“Sea Creatures gives visitors the chance to learn about the animals who inhabit the same planet as us, but very rarely – if ever – cross our paths, and our interactive and tactile displays create an incredible opportunity to find out more about the creatures themselves, but also the many ways we can become involved in marine conservation and help to preserve the beautiful ocean life that is so important to us all.