Dubai, United Arab Emirates
We offer the best product range of Sundial Mosaic, Mirrored Ant Box, Lilac Urchin Mosaic, Spitfire Travel Model and Regal Snails.
Pyrite is a common, soft iron sulfide mineral. Its coloration being somewhat similar to gold has earned it the moniker “fool’s gold”. It has marginally valuable industrial uses such as in the development of sulfur oxide and sulfuric acid. However, euhedral pyrite cube crystals are quite rare and few sources for them are known. Northern Spain is one of the only localities on earth where specimens are found with any degree of regularity. These specimens are completely organic, uncut pyrite crystals that occur naturally in their marlstone matrix. They have not been altered from their original state in any way.
One of the most colorful minerals to be found in the Western Hemisphere, Rosasite’s soft, varying blues are due to its high proportions of oxidized copper and zinc. It is commonly found in conjuction with other colorful minerals, especially red limonite, creating the uniquely vibrant marbling Rosasite is famous for.
Sundials (Architectonicidae) are a prolific, almost ubiquitous mollusk inhabiting shallow, sandy waters of both coasts of north and south America. This is a predaceous snail that feeds on sea anemones and jellyfish and similar lower organisms. Their intricate, psychedelic design is always slightly unique, adding to a kaleidoscopic effect.
The Sea Urchin shell (also known as a “test”) reveals a five-fold symmetry not easily recognizable before its spines are removed. This pentamerism links them genetically to brittle stars and starfish, but also becomes the subtle design element that draws the viewer in to closer observation.
The Regal Snail is a dramatically adorned amphibious gastropod from the Philippine islands. They are surprisingly long lived herbivores that are one of the few hermaphroditic animals on earth – meaning that each individual possess fully functioning male and female sexual organs and reproduce on their own. They are preyed upon by a wide variety of reptiles, amphibians, insets, birds and mammals, including humans.
Also known as a Cave Spider, the tropical Tailless Whipscorpion is really neither a spider nor a scorpion, but a completely unique order of Arachnid called Amblypygidae. The claws (known as pedipalps) are extremely efficient tools in procuring prey while the extremely long front legs are actually modified sensory organs. They are exceedingly fast, nocturnal and possibly even social creatures. Though ferocious hunters, whipscorpions are actually harmless to humans. This doesn’t, incidentally, make them any less hideous.
This piece is a small representation of the world’s largest order of organisms: the Beetles, or Coleoptera. One fifth of all living organisms on earth are beetles, though rarely do species exhibit the gorgeous coloration seen here. The specimens selected for the Mosaics hail from various locales in Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and the Americas. The colors are natural and un-retouched.
In my Aesthetica pieces, the entire class Insecta contends for inclusion into an elite selection of the most brilliantly colored insects in the world. In addition to my trademark melange of brilliant beetles I may add flies, bees, moths, butterflies, mantids, wasps, true bugs and other rarities to create a singularly poignant tribute to the almost incomprehensible variety found among insects. An gentle reminder that, no matter how sated or jaded a naturalist may become, there forever remains a wealth of undiscovered treasures in nature.
Lanternflies are an almost iconic bug in many tropical parts of the world because of their luscious, muted colors as well as their singular morphology. The bizarre projection that appears to be an elongated snout actually emanates from the top of the head. The common name “Lanternfly” stems from the erroneous belief held for centuries that the bugs were capable of illuminating these mysterious, hollow cones.
The third and most diminutive of the Ellipse series is also the most deeply colored. Only one genus of truly solid red butterfly exists and that is Cymothoe of central Africa. Though relatively common in Central African Republic, Cameroun, Gabon, Tanzania and Nigeria, this particularly delicate, agressive butterfly is rarely encountered in pristine condition. Conflicts and competition among newly emerged adults quickly deteriorate the aesthetic qualities of Cymothoe, therefore, only freshly emerged specimens can be utilized.
An Inflorescence is a bloom comprised of a cluster of florets that function as a single flower. Differing elevations permit the nesting of more individual florets than would otherwise be possible in a given space. The butterflies herein function in much the same way.
This photograph is a group of Wind Tower were built to capture any passing breeze and send to its cooling draughts down into the interiors of the house. Four-sided, the towers would catch the wind from any directions -and the taller they were the more efficiently they functioned. Incorporating elements of traditional Islamic design, no two are identical yet each contributes to a sense of uniformity in the building as a whole. This historical photograph was shot as a collection of Mr. Ramesh, as it is also available in archive in historical images.
1940’s era Supermarine Aviation Works – Supermarine Spitfire. Long considered the most ‘iconic’ fighter planes to emerge from WWII and credited with winning the Battle of Britain. Known for taking abuse and coming back for more. Produced as a fighter. In the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and today it is still active in General Aviation.
One of the most iconic and beautiful planes ever designed. A flight icon and engineering marvel. The only supersonic passenger aircraft ever made. London-New York in 3 hours. Its sleek and elegant shape defined a new era. Glamorous and posh, only the finest wines and food were served. Our desktop plane is recreated from original models displayed at the top travel agents of British Airways and Air France. Enjoy a memento from the history of luxury travel.