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Medium: Acrylic paint on paper.

Dimensions: 18" x 30"

"In 1952, the graduate student Henry Miller and his mentor Dr. Harold Urey at the University of Chicago, designed and built a series of glass flasks that emulated the surface of the earth four billion years ago.

Based upon the evidence at the time, they filled the glass apparatus with water, methane, ammonia and hydrogen. This mixture was heated, and electrical sparks were generated to mimic the lightning storms that were likely to be common on our cooling planet.

After a week, the inside of the glass flask was coated with a thick, dark reddish film. When analyzed, this sludge included amino acids…...including all of the 20 amino acids that are used to construct the proteins in the plants and animals on planet earth."

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