This Weekend: Moths at the Royal Alberta Museum

From the Royal Albert Museum Website:

Winged Tapestries: Moths at Large

February 18 – September 3, 2012 Colourful treasures revealed in a stunning photographic exhibition showcasing the hidden beauty of Moths

A travelling exhibition from the Canadian Museum of Nature, Winged Tapestries: Moths at Large opens February 18th and runs until September 3rd at the Royal Alberta Museum.

The arresting beauty and surprising diversity of moths from the Ottawa region are unveiled in a number of impressive, large-format prints of moths by Ottawa photographer Jim des Rivières. Three of the pieces in the show reach almost two meters, enabling visitors to see both front and back of the moth in startling detail.

A seemingly dull brown moth spotted from a distance can prove to be a complex, colourful treasure when viewed up close. Des Rivières created these fascinating, larger than life images by placing each moth specimen on a flatbed scanner. He scanned them at the very high resolution of 4800 dpi. The results are spectacular–huge images revealing unexpected colours and intricate patterns.

Read more about the photographer’s work at

Winged Tapestries: Moths at Large opens just in time for Family Day weekend festivities at the Museum!

content author: Director, Visitor Experience

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