Haeckel illustrations

Haeckel_Actiniae Haeckel_Melethallia Haeckel_Discomedusae Haeckel_Arachnida Haeckel_Stephoidea

Ack! I almost wet myself just now, after realizing that tons of Ernst Haeckel illustrations are available in high-res, in the public domain, on Wikipedia. I am downloading them now. I’m going to cycle through them for my desktop background. And someday I am going to make them into wallpaper prints. (You know, when I get some walls.) Seriously, can you imagine??

This one would look awesome in the guest bathroom…
Haeckel Polycyttaria

If you’d like a zip file of all the Haeckel images I downloaded, you can get it here. It’s 187 MB, 121 images.

March 5, 2008. patterns. 7 Comments.


  1. brent replied:

    Wow, nice find. Definitely my best thing learned today. Lovely.

    March 6th, 2008 at 4:33 am. Permalink.

  2. jennifer replied:

    they have a dover edition of his images that’s probably pretty cheap if you want color print-outs. someone should tattoo some polycyttaria on their spine. not really. but the wallpaper is a really good idea!

    March 18th, 2008 at 12:42 am. Permalink.

  3. black replied:

    oh god. I need diapers!

    March 20th, 2008 at 9:53 pm. Permalink.

  4. brian replied:

    Funny you say that, I’ve had the Discomedusae print in our bathroom for a couple years.

    October 17th, 2008 at 11:52 am. Permalink.

  5. Avi Flax replied:

    Thanks for the zip!!

    December 16th, 2008 at 12:14 pm. Permalink.

  6. glorian replied:

    hey, great stuff, really fantastic. i imagine them being animated flowing around in a 3D ambiance mutating. thankx for the zip

    January 20th, 2009 at 3:06 am. Permalink.

  7. Jeff replied:

    I think you might like this then:
    Scott Draves is in S.F.
    I just found my way to your thesis work, some of the interface is like a project I am working on, but with a different functionality.

    March 10th, 2009 at 6:40 pm. Permalink.

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