Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline features fossils, paintings, hand-drawn maps, drawings, as well as light and audio installations by artist Ray Troll. The exhibition focuses on the vast span of geologic time and evolutionary history of the West Coast of North America, reaching from Baja, California to Utqiagvik (formerly Barrow), Alaska.
With a focus on the population-rich areas of California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska, this exhibition is accessible to a broad range of audiences interested in what surrounds them in their everyday environments.
The project is a collaborative effort that combines the science writing of Kirk Johnson, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and the art of Ray Troll. In addition to being a museum director, Johnson is a geologist, paleontologist and science writer. Troll is an artist and musician based in Ketchikan, Alaska, who is best known for his iconic public art, books, graphic designs and imagery.