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Images in Stone Soft Launch

Larry’s current hobby is a romance with certain fossils, things that lived and died millions of years ago, whose colorful remains were preserved in stone. Petrified wood, dinosaur bones and ammonite shells provide concrete and indisputable evidence of an abundance of life on earth that authors of the Bible knew absolutely nothing about.

Neither did the Chinese with their vaunted civilization which covers only thousands, not millions, of years. But they did come close with their mythical dragons. In retirement years, Larry has gladly rewired himself to learn more about a world he never knew. Evolution was a marvelous process after all. And these colorful fossils bring him so much bottomless joy that he just wants to share it with everyone.

IMAGES IN STONE: Art in Fossils from the Larry Gotuaco Collection, which opens on 22 November 2011 at the McKinley Room, Manila Polo Club, Forbes Park, Makati City. Between 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

The exhibition reveals a collector's great infatuation with fossils. It showcases a quality selection of actual fossils and the magnified images found on them, created solely by natural forces, without any human intervention. Found in several parts of the world and of various ages, the fossils are divided into four main categories: petrified wood, dinosaur bones and by-products, ammonites, rocks and stones. Using photography to present the multiplicity of designs, patterns, colors, and shapes, this exhibition shows organic transformed to inorganic matter to art from nature. Together, the fossils and the images reveal a multiplicity of colors, forms, sizes, and shapes that can only be brought about by earth’s constant transformation.

Fossils are the remains of living organisms that have been preserved in stone. They are concrete proof of the existence of plants and animals that once lived on this earth many millions of years ago. Fossils come in a multitude of colors, forms, shapes, and sizes that are difficult to imitate or replicate and can be admired and appreciated, studied, and pondered upon—showing that the beauty of the physical world is eternal.



Written by Larry Gotuaco