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Originally from New York, Ilana Halperin trained as a stone carver before her growing fascination with geology drew her to Scotland.

After being awarded a Fellowship at the National Museum of Scotland, Halperin began researching the rich and varied geology collections held on site, as well as geological phenomena in the wider world.

This project has taken her from active volcanoes in Iceland to the family-owned Fontaines Petrifiantes caves in France.

She hopes that by drawing parallels between this research and very personal events, such as her own birth or the death of her father, it will allow for audiences to think about their own place within the geological time continuum 'from a more intimate perspective'.

Halperin has also recently become fascinated by the idea that humans are themselves geological agents. She believes that 'we are like volcanoes, producing new landmass on a micro scale'.

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Daily, 10am – 5pm 26 Dec and 1 Jan, 12 – 5pm Closed 25 Dec

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