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artist: Jenifer Wightman

Fossil decals: Everyday, humans flip fossil fueled switches. These invisible streams of electrons run our computers, escalators, elevators, fans and lights. If there is one ritual common among us all, it is energy use. Fossil fuels come primarily from solar light energy captured by carboniferous era plants and animals. We are burning millions of years of trust fund sunlight in 300 years of industrialized society. Decal images of carboniferous (coal) and devonian (natural gas) fossils may be placed on lighting fixtures. This mail art is in conjunction with 9/24/11 action to mitigate climate change (www.350.org). You may also see them as part of Art in Odd Places (http://www.artinoddplaces.org/artist.php?subj=113)Oct 1-10 on 14th Street originating at the East River Generating Station. I'll mail you a fossil to put on one of your light fixtures. Just tell me why you want it and ideally agree to send me a photo of the mounted fossil. .................................................................... Fossil: Goniatites are extinct ammonoids, shelled cephalopods related to squid, octopus, and belemnites, that form the order Goniatitida. The Gonatitida originated from within the more primitive anarcestine ammonoids in the Middle Devonian some 390 million years ago. Surviving the Late Devonian extinction, goniatitids flourished during the Carboniferous and Permian only to become extinct at the end of the Permian some 251.4 million years ago. The goniatites all possessed an external shell, which is divided internally into chambers. The animal lived in the largest of the external chambers, and the internal chambers would have been filled with gas, making the animal buoyant in the water. The general structure of the goniatites would have been similar to that of their relatives the ammonites, being a free swimming animal possessing a head with two well developed eyes and arms (or tentacles).

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Completed in: 2011
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Near or in Brooklyn, NY / United States
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