A Sea of Glass: Searching for the Blaschkas' Fragile Legacy in an Ocean at Risk
By Drew Harvell
Drew Harvell's journey started when a dusty, broken glass octopus caught her eye. Fashioned in intricate detail by the father-son glassmaking team of Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka, the octopus belonged to a menagerie of unusual marine creatures that had been packed away for decades in a Corning Museum of Glass storage unit. More than 150 years ago, the Blaschkas had been captivated by marine invertebrates and had spun their likenesses into glass, documenting the life of oceans untouched by climate change and human impacts.
Inspired by the Blaschkas' uncanny replicas, Harvell set out in search of their living counterparts. This book recounts this journey of a lifetime, taking readers along as she dives beneath the ocean's surface into a rarely seen world, revealing the surprising and unusual biology of some of the most ancient animals on the tree of life. On the way, we glimpse a century of change in our ocean ecosystems and learn which of the living matches for the Blaschkas' creation are, indeed, as fragile as glass.
- 215 pages; hardcover.
- Measures approx. 9.25 inches H. x 7.375 inches W.
- Published in 2016 by the University of California Press