Remaking True-to-Life Snow in the Lynx Diorama

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The dioramas in the Hall of North American Mammals have always been splendid, but after more than a year of painstaking restoration, they look better than ever.

In this post, we explore how Museum artists re-built the "snow" in the dioramas of the Canada Lynx and Varying Hare.

Canada Lynx and Varying Hare
Canada Lynx and Varying Hare diorama, in the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals
© AMNH/D. Finnin

What creates the "glimmer" or "bling" in the diorama's snow? In this video, Museum artist Joianne Bittle Knight explains the painstaking process of recreating freshly fallen snow.