WHERE’S YOUR HEAD AT? (2019)
The authentic skeleton of the Camptosaurus dates back to the Upper Jurassic (154 My) and is a single individual found in Albany County (Wyoming, USA). It is 3.76 m long (12.34 feet), 1.40 m high (4.6 ft) and 0.94 m wide (3 feet). The original head of the Camptosaurus was around 25 cm (9.8 inch) in size. His brain will have been between 6 cm (2.3 inch) and 8 cm (3.1 inch).
This is exactly the size of the meteorite placed above the neck, where the brain of the dinosaur was located. 65 million years ago, meteorites were the cause of extinction of all dinosaurs on earth. It was formed by a large asteroid or comet of 11 to 81 kilometres (6.8 to 50.3 miles) in diameter, the Chicxulub impactor, striking the Earth. The shape of the meteorite that is located above the neck of the skeleton reminds us of the human brain.
This extraterrestrial stone is placed with the brainstem to the left towards the neck, and the frontal bigger part of the brain to the right. When we look at the title, and saying, of the installation ‘Where's your head at’ it can refer to ‘losing sanity’ or ‘common sense’. This as a metaphor that we need to properly deal with planet Earth, and the universe in long-term. Extreme weather conditions, man-made environmental damage and disasters, but also major natural disasters are the biggest threat to our planet.
We often consider ourselves for eternity, but we are not the only species that has walked this planet. Dinosaurs dominated our planet millions of years ago and what their faith was is a perfect example of our vanity. Intellect and thinking ability distinguish the human species from all the other species. Let’s use this ability to think and create to the fullest and don’t let us turn our brains stone cold.
© Text by Tom Herck