"Lost Objects" (1991)

"Lost Objects," 1991
Enamel on glass fiber-reinforced concrete, dimensions variable
Produced in collaboration with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh
Installation view at John Weber Gallery, New York
Photo by Fred Scruton
© Allan McCollum
Courtesy the artist

"I slowly came to the conclusion that dinosaur fossils are copies. They’re made by a molecule-by-molecule replacement of the actual bones with silica or other natural elements and they wind up having the same form as the dinosaur bone. This is the way fossils are generally created, so it occurred to me that if I make a copy of a dinosaur bone, it’s really just a copy of a copy."

-Allan McCollum