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In Search Of Knowledge

By Sezz    
Taken at the Natural History Museum/Darwin Centre in London.

The 78m Cocoon is the climax of the Natural History Museum's two-stage, decade-long Darwin Centre . The eight-storey concrete chrysalis of science, housed in a steel and glass case, is an architectural metaphor, a fabricated conceit that protects 22 million specimens of insect and 3m samples of plant tissue.

The Cocoon is important because it extends the embrace of science. The Natural History Museum in Kensington, London, is the nation's biggest natural history attraction with more visitors each year than London Zoo, Kew Gardens and the Eden Project combined. The Darwin Centre now makes it possible for inquiring visitors to take a closer look at a greater proportion of the 70m animal, plant and mineral specimens hidden for most of the past 130 years in the vaults, laboratories and storerooms of the Victorian terracotta temple of learning.

Thanks for your time, as always your thoughts/comments are very welcome.
Regards - Sarah J x

Tags: London Architecture Science Natural history museum Cocoon Architecture Darwin Centre

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cassiecat 8 39 46 England
8 Jun 2011 5:22PM
his outfit and bag tie in well with the interior.lesley

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Suehh 9 39 6 England
8 Jun 2011 5:51PM
Love all the lines and shapes - nice lighting too Sarah

BillyGoatGruff 9 191 199 England
8 Jun 2011 5:59PM
Excellent image, Sarah!

Really well done indeed!!

baclark 7 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2011 6:12PM
Thought I recognised it! We love the Cocoon, been there 3 times so far and I always end up with different abstracts (you may have noticed?!Wink) Love your composition and shapes here with the young man rushing up the stairs. I look forward to seeing more.........
Mynett 8 142 6 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2011 6:35PM
so interesting Sarah and makes for a striking image, well done and thanks for the info too

mrswoolybill Plus
9 984 1498 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2011 7:50PM
Love that red light! A composition with human interest passing through, I like that.
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
9 Jun 2011 12:12PM
An excellent composition in all regards. Including the boy is the perfect touch for this, showing it in the use it was intended.
LesF 10 182 9
9 Jun 2011 2:24PM
Interesting write up Sarah, you don't realise how big the Nat Hist Museum really is.

Well spotted and captured

FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
9 Jun 2011 3:05PM
Never actually paid a visit Sarah but from your write up it seems a very interesting place. Lovely shot and presented so well as always,
DaveMead 7 23 14 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2011 4:36PM
Fascinating info and a great shot to boot.
9 Jun 2011 7:53PM
Great shot Sarah.
All those lines work so well.

Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
10 Jun 2011 2:34PM
Thank you very much everyone Smile

Sarah x

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