Specimens One


    © 2014
  • Dimensions (in inches): 5.5 x 5.5 x 4
  • Materials:laser etched book board, acrylic, wax, casting resin, specimens including snake skin, moths and butterflieds, bones, mummifed fish, tarantula leg sections and an unidentified specimen, paper, wood, book cloth, text weight papers with digital printing, surface applied color and wax
  • Collection of:University of Denver Libraries Special Collections


This book houses specimens from Ruth Wheeler’s archive encased in casting resin. Each of the eight specimens is identified with an etched mica label. Photocopies of images from Ruth’s lab notebooks when she was a student at the University of Kansas in the early 20th Century are surface mounted to the pages. They cast specimens are in 1 inch thick pages allow for viewing of six of the eight specimens from both front and back. The pages are bound together in a style adapted from Hedi Kyle’s Mongolian Structure.

From the ongoing Compendium series