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a history of existing life

by Jennifer Berlinger $200.00 - 275.00

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  • the story

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.

  • details
Item ID
21516
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
Notes
Keep out of prolonged direct sunlight. 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.
  • the maker

Jennifer Berlinger

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. collection

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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A HISTORY OF EXISTING LIFE JENNIFER BERLINGER
 
4.7

(based on 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Visually pleasing (22)
  • Vivid detail (18)
  • 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 (6)
  • Inspiration (5)
    • Display Location:
    • Living room (14), Office (11), Hallway (9), Bedroom (4), Dining room (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (16), No (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (21)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Self (8), Child (5), Husband (5), Wife (3)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (13), Other (6)

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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 A HISTORY OF EXISTING LIFE JENNIFER BERLINGER:

    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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    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 A HISTORY OF EXISTING LIFE JENNIFER BERLINGER:

      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 A HISTORY OF EXISTING LIFE JENNIFER BERLINGER:

      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 A HISTORY OF EXISTING LIFE JENNIFER BERLINGER:

            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
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            • 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 A HISTORY OF EXISTING LIFE JENNIFER BERLINGER:

              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 A HISTORY OF EXISTING LIFE JENNIFER BERLINGER:

                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 A HISTORY OF EXISTING LIFE JENNIFER BERLINGER:

                  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
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Husband
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Christmas or Hanukkah

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                  5.0

                  Amazing piece

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                  from Fredericksburg, VA

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Accent Piece
                    • Decoration
                    • Inspiration

                    Comments about A HISTORY OF EXISTING LIFE JENNIFER BERLINGER:

                    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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                    5.0

                    More beautiful that I had hoped

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                    from Denver CO

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Gift
                      • Inspiration

                      Comments about A HISTORY OF EXISTING LIFE JENNIFER BERLINGER:

                      I received this as a gift from my husband because of my love of all things living. The colors are vibrant, the pictures detailed and the classification fascinating.

                      Beautifully done.

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                      • Living Room
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes
                      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                      • Wife
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                      • Other

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                      5.0

                      Beautiful Print. Great Company.

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                      from jersey city, nj

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                      Pros

                      • Beautiful Beautiful Piece

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                          Comments about A HISTORY OF EXISTING LIFE JENNIFER BERLINGER:

                          Beautiful print. Hung it in my child's nursery and I love sitting in there and looking at it.

                          Service and delivery comments:

                          Wonderful wonderful company. Print arrived damanged-- box open and paper bent. I called the company and noted the damage. They promptly sent a new print. So impressed with their customer service. Thank you for not making it a huge headache.

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