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The Evolutionary Biology of Hyrule - The Great Deku Tree of Life

Well it’s been almost 3 years since LA-based production company iam8bit put on one of their legendary eponymous video game themed art shows, but the wait is almost over! SUPER iam8bit opens to the general public tomorrow night at the recently renovated iam8bit headquarters located in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

For my contribution to the show, I created Magna Arbor Vitae Deku (translated “The Great Deku Tree of Life”) a sprawling exploration of the evolutionary biology of the 200 most important species from the Legend of Zelda video game series. Complete with binomial Latin names (Zora Bellator and Zora Fluvialis share a common ancestor with the more peaceful species Zora Sapien, for example), the branches of the Deku tree trace the evolution of each species over millions of years. Forks in the branches indicate an extinct common ancestor of the species that follow.

SUPER iam8bit
Opening reception August 11, 2011 7pm–11pm
2147 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026


If Ocarina of Time was a Children’s Book

It’s an art project from Vikki Chu who was tasked with reinterpreting something as a children’s story. She chose the Ocarina of Time, which I think we can all agree is a pretty great decision.

She works her way through the plot of the game in ten images, the rest of which you can see above, and any you can blow up to pretty much wallpaper size. Good work Vikki, and keep making video game art!

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