Marcy Davis

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Honors Thesis


At the Red River Gorge in Kentucky, fauna and flora above ground are abundant due to it being a National Natural Landmark; however, this is not the same for underground. Caves play a vital role in understanding and predicting climate change, yet they are becoming detrimentally altered. Currently, cave features are being destroyed, which results in a loss of geological history. An art exhibition called, Anthropocene, at the UTA Gallery West was created to enlighten viewers on the significance of caves. Cave art installations of glass blown stalactites, expanding foam flowstone, and textile metal cave coral were installed to visually impact viewers on the geological history within caves. Through this exhibition, viewers learned or relearned the importance of cave history and discovered how caves are threatened by climate change. The viewers were also given the opportunity to give feedback on how the exhibition impacted their perspective on caves.

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