"The World According to Gerb"
Does anyone really know what went on in the
prehistoric days? The extinction of the dinosaurs, Noah's Ark, good old
Medusa with that snaky, snaky hair? To answer profound questions about
the past, one has to think hard and collect all possible evidence.
Professor Gerberich has taken a fresh approach: He's built small
dioramas to test and demonstrate his theories on the Carnivores,
Herbivores, and Metalphores.
In the 1950s and 1960s,
the Stamford Museum & Nature Center displayed a number of
dioramas exploring natural science themes. As the Museum evolved, the
dioramas were removed from public display and stored in the basement.
Gerberich rediscovered the
dioramas a few years ago and gave them new life. Leaving much of the
original scenery intact, he has created new scenarios that come alive
at the push of a button.
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One hot August day, a lonely moose
foundered on wheat dumped from an overturned truck and inhaled yeast
from the spill. Bloated and full, he began to rise, becoming the
original Macy's Day Parade Float.
Medusa and the Stone Carvers
Medusa, an avid bowler, sent a message to
the workers asking for a ride to her bowling league. The messenger-
hard of hearing from running all those stone-carving power tools- got
the task all mixed up and returned to her with a hot bowl of Menudo.
Medusa, a devout vegan, had the former employee dipped and dunked in
the boiling Menudo soup.
Old McGerberich's Farm
Old McGerberich's Farm Enter this life-sized
diorama and a pig squeals. Kids are invited to ride Polly the automated
Palomino or rock on with Bessy the cow. Adults can sit on a real bale
of straw, survey the back forty, and ponder the weather, while chewing
on an alfalfa stem. Painting by Mark Strathy 8 by 24 feet, 2002.
T. Rex Does the Wave
Becoming social and somewhat civil, the
T.Rex found itself a spectator at early Man's baseball games. In the
bleachers, these Carnivores found themselves addicted to hot dogs.
Unfortunately, the Rolaids plant went on strike, causing T.Rex to
perish from heartburn.
Gopher Country Club
After getting such a bad rap in the movie
"Caddy Shack," the gophers--brilliant subterranean engineers-- formed a
union and built their own rain-collection and watering system. This
goph-course aqueduct actually improves the environment, without
shrinking Earth's water supply.
In the towns of Sodom and Gomorra, the
landlord refused to fix the leaky faucet after an all-night party. God,
disgusted with the people and the landlord, flooded the land. He
appointed the building Super, Noah, to pull the plug and drain the
World after 40 days and 40 nights.
The Wizard of Odds
Hollywood decided to cut studio costs and
clear the forest for a new colorized film. Dozens of tin automatons
were built to cut down the trees, leaving nothing but stumps. The yellow
brick road exists to this day, providing access to the suburban sprawl.
Somewhere near Pittsburgh evolved the most
bizarre creatures on Earth, the Metalphores. With a diet of nuts and
bolts, these creatures were mean and nasty, causing the gentle
Brontosaurus to attach metal screws to their feet and to climb to