In case you’re wondering, these are crinoids, or at least they’re an artistic impression of crinoids. Crinoids with stalks are also known as sea lilies, for obvious reasons. My piece is inspired by a large fossil slab I saw at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, followed by looking at photos of lots of other crinoid fossils. My crinoids aren’t meant to be a scientifically accurate representation of any particular species, however. I was inspired by the shapes and patterns of a variety of crinoid fossils, as you can see in the various ways I’ve depicted the stems. These guys have been around in a wide and magnificent variety of forms for about 500 million years, so they must be doing something right. I think they’re pretty cool.
[Picture: Fossils, rubber block print by AEGN, 2017.]