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Everyday, humans flip fossil fueled switches. These invisible streams of electrons run our computers, escalators, elevators, fans and lights. If there is one ritual common among us all, it is energy use. Fossil fuels come primarily from solar light energy captured by carboniferous era plants and animals. We are burning millions of years of trust fund sunlight in 300 years of industrialized society. Decal images of carboniferous (coal) and devonian (natural gas) fossils may be placed on lighting fixtures. This mail art is in conjunction with 9/24/11 action to mitigate climate change (www.350.org). You may also see them Oct 1-10 on 14th Street originating at the East River Generating Station. Examples of the fossils to be backlit are horse-tails, club mosses, scale trees, and ferns. I'll mail you a fossil to put on one of your light fixtures. Just tell me why you want it, and ideally, agree to send me a photograph of your mounted fossil to post to my website. X! .................................................................... Fossil: Seed Ferns, The term Pteridospermatophyta (or "seed ferns") refers to several distinct groups of extinct seed-bearing plants (spermatophytes). The oldest fossil evidence of plants of this type is of late Devonian age,[1] and they flourished particularly during the Carboniferous and Permian periods. Their discovery attracted considerable attention at the time, as the pteridosperms were the first extinct group of vascular plants to be identified solely from the fossil record. In the 19th century the Carboniferous Period was often referred to as the "Age of Ferns".

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Completed in: 2011
5 x 5 x 0 inches & 0 lbs.
Near or in Brooklyn, NY / United States
Lit - 2
artist: Jenifer Wightman

The artist, Jenifer Wightman, writes:

This from the Adopter (How can I refuse?): My friend Meg thought I would be interested in this, and she was right. I have two young kids and we talk about where electricity
comes from and how it's a limited resource. I think this would be a really cool reminder of that. Also, my husband is a botanist and he would love this. I think I would put this on the light over my kitchen sink but am
not sure.

I live in a little 50s ranch house in Gainesville, FL. I work half-time writing scripts for this show: http://www.familyalbumradio.org/ and spend
the rest of the time with my kids, Nora, 7, and Owen, 3. I love art but don't have much money to spend on it. Nora is also very into art and drawing and will love this whole concept.

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