The Paleontology of Chris Wildrick Is Overrated: Walk the Walk, interactive installation, White Flag Projects, St. Louis, MO, 2006 and a preschool in Syracuse, NY, 2009; exhibited at the Redhouse and XL Projects, Syracuse, NY, and the Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, NY.


In this second look at how people think dinosaurs might have walked (see Tracks and Translations, with Andrea Buckvold, for the first version), Chris recreated trackways for three dinosaur ichnospecies: Anchisauripus (probably a medium-sized theropod, such as a Dilophosaurus, and represented by red footprints), Amblydactylus (a large ornithopod, such as a Hadrosaur, represented by blue footprints), and Ceratopsipes (made by a ceratopsian such as a Centrosaurus, and represented by green quadrupedal footprints). People were asked to choose a species and walk the way they thought that dinosaur would have walked.

While movement can't be tabulated as specifically as answers on a multiple-choice test, like some of the other projects in this series, it is an important aspect of how we perceive dinosaurs beyond their simple physical forms. Chris chose to capture the participants photographically so that viewers can judge the various movements and poses for themselves.


Documentation:

Images of people walking in the individual dinosaur's tracks at White Flag:

Anchisauripus tracks:

Amblydactylus tracks:

Ceratopsipes tracks:

 

 

Images of the preschool kids walking in all three tracks at once:

 

Video of all the participants, including stills and some live imagery (2'24"):

 

 

The video was shown at the Museum of the Earth along with an explanatory poster. You can download the PDF of the poster here (it also describes Tracks and Translations):

 

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