This latest work by Ian van Coller is from his ongoing series, The Naturalists of the Long Now. It merges art and science; van Coller collaborates with researchers who study the depicted sites and later annotate the image. The unique prints are beautiful and thought provoking.
To create this work van Coller worked with Dr. Craig Lee, Research Scientist at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Lee specializes in environmental archaeology; human responses to climate change; archaeometry; and historical ecology.
The site is an Ice Patch of the in the eastern side of the greater Yellowstone Mountains of Montana. As the ice recedes, the remains of bighorn sheep have been revealed. Dr. Lee worked on the site, which has been identified as a kill site used by Native Americans over 6,000 years ago. At 10,000 feet elevation, the site is surprisingly high for a sustained hunting ground.