Museum of Zoology – Skull Notes by Will Maclean

This is one of a number of works by Will Maclean inspired by the celebrated Scottish polymath D'Arcy Thompson (1860–1948), after whom the University of Dundee's Zoology Museum is named.


Mixed media with found objects
63 x 56 x 6 cm
Acquired in:
Presented by:
Will Maclean through The Art Fund

This work was acquired by the university alongside a second work by the same artist, Portrait of a Polymath – D’Arcy Thompson’s Daybook, which was purchased with assistance from the Art Fund. Maclean is internationally recognised as a foremost exponent of box construction art, in which he deconstructs and reconstructs found objects in a display of visual thinking. He is the latest in a series of artists (including Henry Moore, Jackson Pollock and Richard Hamilton) to be inspired both by Thompson's pioneering work and his surviving zoological collection at the University museum.


The artist.

Venue details

University of Dundee Museum Collections Tower Foyer & Lamb Galleries, Tower Building, University of Dundee, DUNDEE Tayside DD1 4HN 01382 384310

Entry details

Free to all

Tower Foyer & Lamb Galleries Mon-Fri, 9.30am – 7pm Sat, 1 – 5pm D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum Jun – Aug (or throughout the year by appointment) Fri, 2 – 4.30pm Artists’ Book Collection Dundee By appointment Mon – Fri, 10am – 6pm