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Prehistoric Animals? On Treasure Island? The Art of William Gordon Huff at the Fair

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Prehistoric Animals? On Treasure Island? The Art of William Gordon Huff at the Fair

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Nov 13, 2021, 10:30 AM
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Yes,  prehistoric animals—including dinosaurs—were seen on Treasure Island by  visitors to the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939 and 1940.  The creatures were the creations of sculptor William Gordon Huff. In  addition to executing several monumental classical figures for the fair,  he designed and produced much of the UC Museum of Paleontology’s  impressive display, featuring dioramas, life-size heads of prehistoric  mammals, and more.

Huff envisioned ancient environments dating from the Permian (280  million years ago) to the Pleistocene (9 million years ago). See his  creations, hear how he collaborated with UC Berkeley paleontologists and  a local artist to create this fascinating panorama of prehistory, and  discover what became of the sculptures after the fair.    

Speaker: David Smith, a retired graphic  designer at the U.C. Berkeley Museum of Paleontology, has posted an  online biography of Huff and the works he created for the fair.

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