Natural History Museum – VENOM

Natural History Museum Venom Exhibition Art Piece

I was commissioned to create an art piece for the Natural History Museum, London, as part of their Venom exhibition.

The piece is an artistic interpretation and captures the struggle between an Egyptian mongoose and an Egyptian cobra.

We are faced with the question of who will survive?



The ongoing battle between the envenomator and the envenomated has driven the evolution of a diverse array of venom cocktails. Over time venom has become streamlined to target specific and vital body systems with exceptional efficiency. Yet venomous animals are not always successful. Resistance can and has evolved in animals that interact with them. These animals have adapted at a molecular level to fend off nature’s ultimate weapon.

The piece stands 1.5m tall. You can see the working model and the making of on my blog here.