Life In The Rainforest – Object Cinema
Following closure due to storm damage, the gallery is now fully open again from Monday 3 February 2014.
Step inside Kelvingrove’s new Object Cinema, which uses film and sound to bring the rainforest to life, and experience this unique and atmospheric place – close-up and in action! Objects on display include exotic animals, colourful clothing and even a giant anaconda snakeskin.
The South American rainforest is the largest tropical rainforest on our planet. More than half of the world's plants and animals live there. It is also home to many indigenous people who have lived in harmony with the forest for thousands of years.
Glasgow Museums' staff recently made expeditions to the rainforests of the Ecuadorian Amazon and Trinidad. Working with local people, they have gathered knowledge, footage, images and objects especially for the Object Cinema.
New Rainforest Explorer activity backpacks for families are now available. Follow the trail and there is a special prize for young explorers! There will also be rainforest-themed children's workshops during the summer holidays. Find out more here
The images above are a selection of what you can see in the new display.
- A detail from a necklace made from shining leaf chafer beetle wing cases (Chrysophora chrysochlora). The wing cases have been cut and squared off, drilled with holes and strung onto thread, then stitched onto a roll of cloth. The necklace also has two tufts of human hair and toucan breast feathers to give the wearer spiritual power and protection. It was made in the early 20th century by Jivaroan people who lived in Ecuador and Peru.
- David Pincay, the Glasgow Museums cameraman, filming in the Reserva Ecologica Nantar in the Ecuadorian Amazon in September 2012. Our guide, Rafael Guillermo, is in the background bailing out the dugout canoe.
- The Scarlet Macaw - this photo was taken by Peter Schoen and submitted to our Flickr feed, where it quickly became one of our favourite entries. Image copyright Peter Schoen.
- A spectacled or common caiman – juvenile Caiman crocodilus. This species of caiman is found in Central and South America. They prefer fresh, still water but can survive in slow-moving streams and slightly salty water.