To mark our selection as a Finalist in the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2015 we’re embarking on a unique and ambitious tour of the country – the Dodo Roadshow.
Beginning at Land’s End on 8 June and concluding in John O’Groats one week later, the famous Oxford Dodo will visit more than 20 museums and galleries along the way. At each stop the Dodo will ‘interview’ one of the venue’s star objects.
Eden Project: Seed
So, tell me about yourself – who are you and where do you come from?
I am Seed, a 75 tonne sculpture by Peter Randall-Page, and I live in the Core Building at the Eden Project in Cornwall.
What is it that makes you so special?
I am based on Fibonacci mathematical principles and the golden ratio and my shape and form provide the blueprint of nature. It took the team two years to find a suitable rock from which to carve me, a day of nerves when I was blasted from my birthplace, two years to meticulously sculpt me, each dome being a different size, and several tricky days as I was taken to Eden and lowered into the building through the roof by a very, very, very large crane.
Who looks after you in this place?
I’m pretty house trained. The Eden Interpretation team look after me, the Narrator team tell stories about me and the Logistics team keep me clean and tidy.
Do you remember life before the museum?
Yes, I was a piece of the granite landscape of Cornwall before I was blasted from the Cornubian batholith as a 150 tonne lump before the carving commenced.
What does the future hold for you?
I’m here and like you I pay homage to nature. Luckily, as I am not alive, I cannot be made extinct but you have my every sympathy and hopefully I can help those who are alive to find their place in nature and appreciate its fragility and beauty.