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L.A.'s Natural History Museum stars alongside ZZ Top

August 4, 2009 |  5:12 pm

What is ZZ Top doing posing in front of this museum diorama of African elephants and buffalo?

As our friends at the All the Rage blog report, the image belongs to the new Fall 2009 ad campaign by designer John Varvatos that was shot at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in Exposition Park.

Photographer Danny Clinch conducted the shoot in the museum's African Mammal Hall and North American Hall during off hours, according to a museum spokeswoman. The photo shoot took place on March 9, says the museum.

The diorama shown above depicts a waterhole near the Tana River in Kenya and is populated by cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) and savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana). The background art for the diorama was created by Duncan Alanson Spencer.

Yard, a creative agency based in New York, conceived the ad campaign, with inspiration coming from ZZ Top’s 1976 World Wide Texas Tour as well as the leather featured in the John Varvatos fall lineup.

ZZ Top consists of Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard.

-- David Ng

Photo: Members of ZZ Top pose at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Credit: Danny Clinch / John Varvatos

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