Prehistoric creatures are more than fodder for history books when in the hands of Chicago paleoartist Tyler Keillor.
The nationally known Keillor takes science to an artistic plane by reconstructing prehistoric life. His creatures, ranging from the Herrerasaurus dinosaur to the giant Sanajeh snake and winged Ramphorynchus reptile are on exhibit at the Lake County Discovery Museum beginning Nov. 20, 2010. The exhibit continues to June 26, 2011.
Along with showcasing the final results of his artistry, the exhibition covers Keillor’s use of ancient and modern animals and his experience as a fossil preparatory at the University of Chicago to ensure the accuracy of his reproductions.
A hologram of Herrerasaurus, based on a 3-D laser scan of a Keillor model, features the dinosaur’s skull in skeletal form and fleshed out.
Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for seniors ages 55 and older and students ages 18 to 25, and $2.50 for youth ages four to 17. Free to children three years and under. Discount Tuesdays admission is $3 for adults, and youth 17 years and under are free.
The Lake County Discovery Museum is in the Lakewood Forest Preserve on Route 176 west of Fairfield Road, east of Wauconda, 847-968-3400.