Plaster Cast Gets Cross-Campus Support
- Post Date: 2/16/2018
- Author: Christa Deacy-Quinn
- Reading Time: 2 minute read
Spurlock staff recently began working with 3 other campus units to create a new home for a geological specimen. The creature in question is an eryops, a type of amphibian from almost 300 million years ago.
University of Illinois Geology Head Tom Johnsonn, School of Earth, Society, and Environment Associate Director for Operations Scott Morris, Facilities & Services Ironworker Dan Hiner, and Spurlock Museum Collections Manager Christa Deacy-Quinn evaluated the balance and stability of the reconstructed eryops skeleton plaster cast. The decades-old cast needs structural support before it can be displayed in the newly remodeled Natural History Building.
While the Ironworks build a new metal support, Geology staff will clean the cast. Christa will then design and construct a custom cushion to buffer between the mount and the cast.
Keep an eye out for future updates tracking the ongoing eryops project; from extinction to exhibition!