Dimensions: 16″ (h) x 6″ (w) x 8″‘ (d)
Materials: Carrara marble (skull); prupleheart wood (brain); steel (base)
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Homo habilis is a skull of an early human ancestor. Homo habilis is often referred to as the “handy man” as its fossils were found with what are thought to be the first stone tools used by human descendants. This not only makes them first in the Homo genus, but also the first stone sculptors and inventors. The holes in the skull along the side and back reveal a brain within, highlighting that it is our minds that have allowed us to become the species we are today.
Challenges in this piece included creating a detailed skull in the rough proportions and shape of an early hominid; specifically, the creases in the skull bone plates and separated distinctly more polished teeth. An additional challenge was integrating the brain within the skull without revealing how it is affixed.