The Bivalve Age 


Tasked with exploring what information can be extracted from an object’s physical and emotional qualities, I created The Bivalve Age animation. Inspired by a white cockle shell I found on a beach many years ago, the animation depicts its lifespan in different stages over 120 seconds, with the 5 stills above signifying key moments.

The duration and composition came from my research and understanding the age of the shell. It is difficult to know its precise age, but the ridges on the exterior can be an “accurate indicator of age” (1). I estimate there to be approximately 120 ridges, which corresponds to the animation length.

1 = Dallas, R. (last edited 2017). How to tell the age of a seashell. [online] Sciencing. Available at: https://sciencing.com/tell-age-seashell-6331956.html [Accessed 29 Sep. 2019).


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