Bachelor thesis ‘Wildwechsel’ / ‘Snapshot’ (2010)
David Schürch / ZHdK
in coöperation with Paléontologie A16, Porrentruy
150 million years ago, in the area of today’s Canton of Jura, on a vast tidal area between conifer forests and shallow lagoons: here the paths crossed gigantic Diplodocus, tiny Compsognathus and predatory Allosaurus. Tens of thousands of petrified tracks, excavated along the motorway construction site near Porrentruy by the “Paléontologie A16”, testify to the events. A game change, which occurred within a few hours or days, now reveals insights into the life and behaviour of animals that have not existed for millions of years.
In coöperation with the palaeontologists, pictures of life were created according to the principle of the photo trap. The innovative visualization concept for the area of dinosaur visualization corresponds to the scientific importance of the tracks, which also show only a short snapshot of the dinosaur’s life.
The starting point was the scientifically documented rock plate of the Bois de Sylleux discovery site in the municipality of Courtedoux. The biographies take over the trace arrangement according to the scientific data. The different types of dinosaurs were digitally reconstructed in 3D using skeleton drawings. The aim of the creative investigation is to create as much authenticity as possible by combining the 3D models with photography and digital painting.
Rain | First track | Tracker | Nocturnal | Under the shelter of the herd | Escapes | Heat