I can finally share! The “Poison” Exhibit at the Palais de la Decouverte (Palace of Discovery) in Paris is now open! http://www.palais-decouverte.fr/fr/accueil/ This is the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox) that I sculpted for a tactile display for the museum. The museum itself is a fantastic work of art, and the exhibit is truly impressive. This exhibit showcases live animals and explores venomous creatures, venom’s purpose and its potential for cures to disease. This project and the location was the height of so many different passions for me: snakes, architecture and problem-solving.

Cold-cast bronze rattlesnake sculpture


Palais Découverte in Paris

Uncoiled, this snake is a “true to life,” 5 feet long, and is the largest snake I’ve ever sculpted. It is accurate to species, and I’ve been told “feels like the real thing.” I had a lot of great help on reference, posture and anatomy from Rob Clark and several fantastic facebook groups. Thanks everyone! These sculptures will also be available on the Etsy store in “Cold-cast” bronze (resin) and a version (tail up and buzzing) will also be available in true, fire-kissed Bronze…as soon as I find a foundry that can cast it.

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake sculpture. JL Cook
Sculpture in progress with reference photo.
Work in Progress – Western Diamondback Rattlesnake sculpture

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