Senin, 28 Juni 2010

Oxford Natural History Museum, Oxford England

Thomas Newenham Deane and Benjamin Woodward designed the Oxford University Museum of Natural History in Parks Road in Oxford, England, with influence from John Ruskin. Following the traditional church layout, the neo-Gothic structure has modern cast iron pillars dividing three aisles, with a glass roof overhead. Stone columns surround the main spaces with cloistered arcades.

The secularized architecture has statues of scientists rather than saints, ornamented trims of leaves and flowers rather than angels. Upon completion in 1860, the museum hosted debates between church and science with evolutionary biology versus dogmatic theology views of creation. Large dinosaur skeletons and display cases of evolutionary evidence fill the museum today.

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