HYLAEA was an interactive site-specific installation created by artist Tim Weaver for the library at the University of Denver. Weaver, an associate professor and director of the Emergent Digital Practices program in the School of Art and Art History, combined images, objects, sounds, and videos to reanimate extinct species to awaken memories of lost life forms. This exhibition was on display at University Libraries (formerly Penrose Library) from October 14, 2010 through February 14, 2011.
The exhibit’s intent is to bring together separate artifacts of lost ecological memory. These artifacts are the deep colors and textures of extinct birds, sonic translations of the DNA and proteins of missing species, and books containing the published records of North America’s breathtaking wildlife. These sounds and images of lost habitats create an immersive sensory experience for the audience. Mining the University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives and the extinct species cabinets at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Weaver's exploration of artifacts and lost ecological memory brings records of human-induced extinctions to life.