Thursday, April 9, 2015

Dragon Iconograpy (#5): Mythic Creatures.

When Gregory stands in front of the museum's green screen,  everything turns all Tolkienesque.

On the same day that my novel A Western Capitol Hill was published, a new exhibit called Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids opened at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. A fine synchronicity.

The exhibition delineates the difference between Eastern and Western dragons: i.e., as incarnations of either "good" (in Eastern cultures) or "evil" (in Western). It's a realm also explored within my book.

Furthermore, there might be more than a passing resemblance between the dragon that I'm standing next to in the image above (visitors can create their own photo souvenir at the exhibit) and the Denver Dragon in my novel--which comes complete with orange skin and blue eyes (see Larry Hubbell's cover illustration for A Western Capitol Hill).

The museum, itself, receives a mention in my novel:

Huberman plans on taking a busload of children on a field trip to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in City Park. There, he’ll directly confront the messages that the kids have been receiving from secular society regarding Creation, regarding Genesis.

He’ll teach the students that a “Godless evolutionist” had written the exhibits’ scholarly texts, which are “wrong, wrong, wrong” regarding the origins of geological formations and the time line upon which animals had first appeared. He’ll discuss how God created dinosaurs on the sixth day, along with Adam. He’ll mention how dinosaurs are referred to in the bible as “leviathans” or “behemoths.”

A helmet like this appears in my book:

St. George makes an appearance in both book and exhibit:

Pure coincidence? Take that!

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