Outstanding STEAM: Diana Beltran Herrera's Paper Birds

As discussed in our first STEAM 101 post, art can help us appreciate the beauty of the scientific world in new ways. Colombian artist Diana Beltran Herrera's birds do just that: though they may look like the work of a taxidermist, they are in fact meticulously crafted from just paper, wire, and floral tape. Her impressively realistic works allow us to get up close to creatures we might not otherwise be able to. Herrera's work has been shown in exhibitions around the world, and it's easy to see why.

Some of Herrera's work, such as in the image shown below, can easily double as teaching tools—with an eye for her avian subject's external and internal biology, she offers us a literal window into these creatures through her art. The piece below bridges the gap between STEM and art even further by functioning as a biological model of an organism while also being a work of art.

The sheer amount of detail evident in Herrera's work, like in the piece shown below, can help us appreciate just how complex these birds are. It takes a skilled artist like Herrera up to two weeks to create just one of these pieces. While we might take an individual organism like a rooster for granted, Herrera's work gives us pause to appreciate its beauty.

Check out more of Diana Beltran Herrera's work here.

Image credit: special thanks to Diana Beltran Herrera


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