Dinotopia I was researching something at the Library of Congress today and I came across the work of the illustrator James Gurney and his fantastic book Dinotopia - a lost island where humans and dinosaurs live together in peaceful interdependence.
The Wikipedia entry reads, in part -
Both halves of the society share responsibility equally and live under a common set of laws known as the Code of Dinotopia. The society is highly communal, lacking a monetary system or even a concrete concept of ownership. Individuals are educated from youth to be compassionate, cooperative, and generally conscious of others' needs. For example, food on the island is provided at no cost, but citizens take only what they need and leave the rest for others.
The books are based on the journals of explorer Arthur Denison, who was shipwrecked on an island in 1862. Gurney has a new book out - Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara. It will be launched at the Return to Dinotopia exhibition Oshkosh Public Museum in Wisconsin on November 3rd with over 40 paintings exhibited. The museum will be the first and only museum in the United States to show Gurney's exhibit before it travels to Europe next year.
James Gurney also has a fabulous blog where he shows the models he builds to make his beautiful illustrations. He also writes about when you give a talk at the Library of Congress " they don’t pay you with money. They reward you something far more valuable. Your compensation is to have their researchers dig whatever gems you would like to see out of their collection of 134 million items."
Here's a clip from the movie Dinotopia -