Alien 27 is a creature known as a Foraminifera, but the exact species is pretty difficult to determine, as around 10,000 separate living species have thus been classified (quite a few more in fossil records!). It is undoubtedly the smallest creature in the Aliens Collection. It’s central sphere is it’s test (shell) is about ~.5mm. and it’s total diameter is 3-4mm, so this pushes the limits of my camera, and the limits of my close-up vision! To the naked eye, a foraminifera might not be doing much, but don’t be fooled by it’s small size and lack of recognizable body parts – under a microscope, it’s a bustle of activity! Looking like a dandelion flower, it is almost completely at the mercy of the ocean’s currents. Reading about foraminiferas on Wikipedia is definitely more valuable than anything you’re going to get out of social media today, so give it a go!
It’s spherical nature goes well paired with other round Aliens, so consider how it looks beside Alien #17 which is a salp containing a nest of phronimas, and Alien #10 which is an unclassified jellyfish.
For printing, we offer the Aliens as squares on either aluminum or canvas, but they are customizable into other shapes if your design plan requires it. You can purchase this luxury wall art online in standard sizes, but if you’d like to discuss a custom crop or size, please contact one of our design consultants at the art gallery. Perhaps our most popular arrangement for Aliens is a grouping of three of our 15″ x 15″ aluminums, but I encourage you to discuss the size & shape of your project’s wall with one of our design consultants, who will help you develop an amazing contemporary art installation that blurs the lines between natural beauty and scientific fascination. Alien 27 is available up to a maximum size of 30″.