The Nature of Invention explores the way nature has inspired human invention.
It exists in nature first.
The saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica) is critically endangered and originally inhabited a vast area of the Eurasian steppe zone. They also lived here in North America during the Pleistocene. Today a subspecies is found in one location in Russia and three areas in Kazakhstan. It is now extinct in China and southwestern Mongolia. The Mongolian subspecies is found only in western Mongolia.
The nose of a saiga antelope acts like a furnace, heating the cold, chilling air before reaching the lungs in the winter while filtering out dust in the summer.
This saiga stands proudly atop a furnace in a room with a traditional Kazakh pattern on the wall.