Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

AMNH Subway Art #64 [Detail]

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This image is a gift to my friend PZ Myers, on the occasion of his 92nd birthday, which is today. Cephalopods are PZ’s favorite critters and so, because this octopus is hanging around the AMNH subway platform, I thought it would be a fitting tribute to give a photo of this mosaic to him, both for the subject matter and also as a reminder of the happy time when I met him, his wife and daughter in NYC.

I have taken dozens of pictures of what you see here, but because I have a broken arm, the previous images were far too blurry to be suitable. Hopefully, this one is good enough (even though I know it could be lots better)!

Octopus’s Garden
Coral reef mosaic [detail]
can you name the fish and the coral species?
as portrayed in tiles on the downtown stairway landing of the NYC subway stop (A-B-C)
at 81st and Central Park West. (ISO, no zoom, no flash).

Image: GrrlScientist 2008. [wallpaper size].

Happy birthday, Paul!

Read more about the AMNH tile artworks and see the AMNH tile artworks photographic archives — with all the animals identified.


  1. #1 HerpGrrl
    March 9, 2008

    Ha! I laughed out loud when I read this. It’s good to see you still have a sense of humor even with a broken wing. And I think the picture is a worthy birthday gift for P.Z.

  2. #2 David Harmon
    March 9, 2008

    His ninety-second birthday? Is that in squid years?

  3. #3 Gretta
    March 11, 2008

    Perfect photo for PZ’s birthday!

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