HISTORY - STATES OF AMUSEMENT
Human conception of dinosaurs was first showcased at the Crystal Palace, after being relocated to Sydenham Hill, one of the highest points in London. Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins sculpted the designs of Richard Owens. In 1854 the dinosaurs were displayed, inaccurately modeled from primitive paleontology, almost six years before Darwin’s Origin of Species was published, to which Richard Owens opposed the idea of natural selection, but not evolution as a whole. The dinosaurs of Spreepark, Berlin - constructed about 140 years later - seem almost casually canonical for prehistoric representation. However, they gain an unexpected significance when pitted against their initial presence in the world of men at the Crystal Palace, still mastering the art of resurrection.