A History of Existing Life

This watercolor print displays an artistic rendering of the history and diversity of life on Earth.
created by

Jennifer Berlinger

$200.00 - 275.00

created by

Jennifer Berlinger

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The Art of Discovery

Almost two centuries after Charles Darwin set sail on the Beagle, designers Jennifer and Mark Berlinger transformed their own voyage of discovery into a work of art. Fascinated with the connection between ancient fossils they discovered on the beach and the living creatures of today, they began to research the vast family of life on earth. Discovering most of the available charts were either too academic or oversimplified, they applied their creativity to create this beautiful piece.

This high quality, hand signed giclée print is filled with the broad spectrum of life on earth. Bacteria, fungi, insects, mammals and more are rendered in watercolor with startling detail. The limbs of an ancient tree help guide the eyes through the related families, helping observers of all ages visually explore the connections and differences between each. A timeline along the side illustrates how long ago each new branch appeared. The illustration is thoroughly researched, and based on the most up-to-date scientific understanding, but truly reveals the exquisite beauty that grows throughout the diversity of life.

The print is hand signed and made individually on German etching paper, using rich, 200-year archival inks. It is available in a custom-mounted, walnut scoop frame, accented with off-white archival mat board that is FSC-certified for environmentally responsible production. Made in Westtown, Pennsylvania.

Jennifer Berlinger was inspired to create this art after her children found fossils while vacationing in England. Unable to find a "tree of life" that would help them understand what they had found and its place in earth's history, they decided to create their own. The summer day project turned into two years of research! Wanting to show the beauty of the science, they combined the family's interest in antique prints with Jennifer's background in graphic design and watercolors.

Made in the USA
Made from
acid free matboard, paper, plexi-glass, archival pigment ink, Cumala wood
Measurements
Unframed: 24" H x 16" W; Framed: 30.5" H x 22.5" W
Care
Keep out of prolonged direct sunlight.
Notes
Available framed in a 20" W x 28" L walnut scoop frame, with off-white FSC certified conservations matboard, plexi, and hanging hardware and wire or unframed.
Item ID
21516

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UncommonGoodsA History of Existing Life
 
4.7

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Visually pleasing (22)
  • Vivid detail (19)
  • Great quality paper (17)
  • Perfect size (15)
  • Great picture quality (11)

Cons

  • Smaller than expected (3)

Best Uses

  • Decoration (19)
  • Gift (14)
  • Fill wall space (9)
  • Accent piece (7)
  • Inspiration (5)
    • Display Location:
    • Living room (15), Office (11), Hallway (9), Bedroom (4), Dining room (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (18), No (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (23)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Self (8), Child (6), Husband (5), Wife (4)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (13), Other (6), Birthday (3)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

will be your new favorite art piece

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from St. Cloud, MN

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Pros

  • Vivid Detail

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accent Piece

    Comments about UncommonGoods A History of Existing Life:

    You will find yourself admiring the detail in this piece every time you see it.

    • Display Location:
    • Living Room
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Wife
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Anniversary

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    5.0

    Great idea, nicely executed!

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    from Charlotte, NC

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    Comments about UncommonGoods A History of Existing Life:

    Very pleased with this!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Child
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Birthday

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    5.0

    The PERFECT gift for a biology graduate!

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    from Rochester, NY

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    Pros

    • Beautifully Framed

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gift

      Comments about UncommonGoods A History of Existing Life:

      Gave as a college graduation gift to our daughter, a biology major. She was thrilled! The gift opening and party went on hold when she opened this! She was thrilled. She with other bio major friends at party went over every inch of the print. Order it framed! It's well worth the extra 75 dollars. A beautiful print.

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      • Undecided
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      • Yes
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      • Child
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      • Other

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      5.0

      Exquisite

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      from Los Angeles CA

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      Pros

      • Great Quality Paper
      • Perfect Size
      • Vibrant Colors
      • Visually Appealing
      • Vivid Detail

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Decoration
        • Fill Wall Space
        • Inspiration

        Comments about UncommonGoods A History of Existing Life:

        Beautifully done. Elegant and meticulously crafted. My sister gave this to me for Christmas and I consider it one of the best gifts I've ever received. It's a beautiful, graceful rendering of a very-hard-to-find graphic -- the Tree of Life.

        • Display Location:
        • Living Room
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Self
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Christmas or Hanukkah

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        5.0

        Great Quality

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        from WA

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        Pros

        • Great Quality Paper
        • Vibrant Colors
        • Visually Appealing
        • Vivid Detail

        Cons

        • Smaller Than Expected

        Best Uses

        • Decoration
        • Fill Wall Space
        • Gift

        Comments about UncommonGoods A History of Existing Life:

        Great quality product. Love the colors and the frame. Writing is hard to see, but there is so much info on the tree it has to be smaller text to make it all fit.

        • Display Location:
        • Hallway, Living Room, Office
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Wife
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Birthday

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        5.0

        Perfect!

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        from Phoenix, Arizona

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        Comments about UncommonGoods A History of Existing Life:

        I got this for my boyfriend for Christmas. He's really into biology and loves it! :) We also like the frame you can buy with it. It's true that the font is small, but it's necessary to fit everything in and it's still readable. My one critique is that my boyfriend would have liked to know what sources were used to compile the tree. Very neat!

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        • Yes
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Christmas or Hanukkah

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        5.0

        Gift for High School Science Teacher

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        from OH

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        Pros

        • Great Quality Paper
        • Perfect Size
        • Vibrant Colors
        • Visually Appealing
        • Vivid Detail

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accent Piece
          • Decoration
          • Fill Wall Space
          • Gift

          Comments about UncommonGoods A History of Existing Life:

          I purchased this as a Christmas present for my son-in-law, a High School Science Teacher, at my daughter's suggestion. He loved it!

          • Display Location:
          • Dining Room, Hallway, Kitchen, Living Room, Office
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          • Yes
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          • Other
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          • Christmas or Hanukkah

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          4.0

          Nice - As advertised

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          from Summerville, SC

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          Pros

          • Visually Appealing

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Decoration
            • Gift

            Comments about UncommonGoods A History of Existing Life:

            Nice gift for a scientist.

            • Display Location:
            • Hallway, Office
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Wife
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Christmas or Hanukkah

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            5.0

            Better than I even anticipated!

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            from Mertztown, PA

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            Pros

            • Great Quality Paper
            • Perfect Size
            • Vibrant Colors
            • Visually Appealing
            • Vivid Detail

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Accent Piece
              • Decoration
              • Gift
              • Incredibly Interesting

              Comments about UncommonGoods A History of Existing Life:

              This print was visually stunning and arrived direct from the artist quickly and packaged well. Makes me very confident in future purchases!

              • Display Location:
              • Living Room
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              • Yes
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Husband
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              • Christmas or Hanukkah

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              5.0

              Amazing piece

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              from Fredericksburg, VA

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              • Great Quality Paper
              • Perfect Size
              • Vibrant Colors
              • Visually Appealing
              • Vivid Detail

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                Best Uses

                • Accent Piece
                • Decoration
                • Inspiration

                Comments about UncommonGoods A History of Existing Life:

                Incredible piece for the biologist or anyone who appreciates the diversity of life on planet earth.

                • Display Location:
                • Bedroom
                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Father
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Father’s Day

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