The Nature of Invention explores the way nature has inspired human invention.
The saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica) is critically endangered and originally inhabited a vast area of the Eurasian steppe zone. Today the saiga is found in one location in Russia and three areas in Kazakhstan; 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.