Meet Tyler Thrasher. Mad chemist. Resistance botanist. Crystal grower. Artistic activist. These are only a few of the titles I just came up with to describe one of the most fascinating and fascinated people you'll ever meet. For decades, Tyler has been following his fascinations into exciting new realms of curiosity, whether he's experimenting with geology, revolutionizing taxidermy, or inventing a new way to catalog plants.
Now we're inviting you to join us (hi, I'm Eric Grundhauser from Atlas Obscura) for a night of wondrous, weird, over-excited discovery. During this hour-long, monthly online show, we'll follow Tyler down the rabbit hole of whatever fascinating thing he's been noodling on recently, telling stories, talking to guests, playing games, and generally leaving a trail of edutainment in our wake. The streets will run red... with curiosity!
This month we'll be exploring Tyler's latest wondrous project, The Garden of the Ghosts, an installation that walks the line between the natural world and death. Through bleaching and histological methods, Tyler is replicating a natural environment ripe with flora and insects — all bleached and completely colorless. It's a space where nature and time stand still and a space where the remains of life are given a second chance. During this Wonder Hour, Tyler will walk us through the methods and materials behind his striking new project, and even give a sneak preview of some of his color-drained creations!
With an undying love for nature and its respective curiosities, there are few things Tyler’s brain isn’t obsessing over. Between his pursuits to crystallize the world, opalize everything, and hunt down some of the realm’s most unique plants, his passion to combine art and science every step of the way is his fire and fuel.
Chances are if you catch Tyler at a party, he’ll talk your ear off about exploring caves, growing minerals in his lab, playing Dungeons and Dragons, hybridizing new plants, electronic music, grappling with and overcoming trauma, and just how amazingly beautiful and mysterious this whole wide universe is.
Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account. Atlas Obscura online experiences are recommended for attendees age 13+.
This online experience will be recorded. A temporary link to the recording will be provided in a follow-up email to all ticket holders within 72 hours after the event. Access to this recording will be available for seven days.
This event is one of Atlas Obscura’s Online Experiences. At Atlas Obscura, our mission has always been to inspire wonder and curiosity about the incredible world we all share. Now, more than ever, there’s a need to stay connected—not only to our sense of wonder, but to each other.
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