Darwin (or) Bust

Andrew Breeson's milled Darwin in the Origin of Species

12th February to 2nd April 2014

A bust of the legendary biologist Charles Darwin was relocated from UCL’s Darwin Building when the Grant Museum of Zoology moved to a new home across the street. An exciting project was launched to create a new Darwin for the Darwin Building. This unusual exhibition – taking place in both locations - is the result.

UCL’s Institute of Making, together with the Department of Structural and Molecular Biology, the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, and the Grant Museum of Zoology challenged the Institute of Making’s members to recreate the Darwin bust in any way they like. This exhibition is the result

The reimagined Darwins are displayed in a triple-location exhibition opening on Darwin’s birthday, mingled among the skeletons, skulls and jars in the Grant Museum, as well as in the Darwin Building and Institute of Making windows.

Using only the data from a 3D scan of the bust, or a full sized foam Darwin milled from this data using a massive robot arm at The Bartlett School of the Built Environment, the makers were invited to get creative, get technical, get messy and get involved with reimagining, and replicating the man. They recreated Darwin in light, paper, ants, chocolate, DNA and crochet. Come to the exhibition and see Darwin as you’ve never seen him before.

More information, images of the Darwins and an incredible video of the giant robot arm milling him out of resin can be seen her on our blog: blogs.ucl.ac.uk/museums/2014/02/12/darwin-or-bust-opens-today