Introduction

"The blue antelope is all but forgotten in South Africa today, partly because it became extinct so early and partly because, unlike the quagga, it never seems to have been very numerous or widespread. The first European to record it was probably Peter Kolb, a German who travelled extensively through the southwestern and southern Cape Province between 1705 and 1712.... It was subsequently noted by other eighteenth century travellers who encountered it east of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, mainly in the triangle formed by Swellendam, Caledon, and Bredasdorp. They were struck by the dark blue-grey tint of its skin, which explains its name. In 1774, the Swedish naturalist, Carl Thunberg, reported that it had become extremely rare. The last individual was apparently seen around 1800." (Klein, 1987)

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Our aim is to enliven the "Glasgow" skull's afterlife by re-casting it in other contexts, re-telling the quietened histories of the Blue Antelope. By adding creative work through an exchange of drawings and ideas, we want to generate more ways for people to look at the few remains that exist.

Click on the image of the label above for information about this project.