Why is a squirrel gray? Why do some bugs look like sticks? The answer to these questions is, camouflage. For many animals, being able to hide in plain sight or look like something entirely different is a necessity of survival. Learning from the animal world, humans have employed camouflage in hunting and warfare. This new temporary exhibition will explain the relationship between the natural world and that of humans.
Camouflage primarily utilizes methods of concealment or deception. It aims to hide its wearer or mislead pursuers. To better explain this to our visitors the exhibit has been broken down into four categories: obscuring, mimicry, disruptive and countershading.
This exhibit explores the art and science of camouflage in the natural world as well as its cultural adaptations. Using digital imagery, artifacts and interactive elements visitors will explore color, shade and shapes to learn how they can fool the eye.