In case you haven't heard me squeaking about it on social media, The Glass Scientists got a great little write-up in io9! Rare indeed is the day when anything I create gets any press at all--much less POSITIVE press--so I can barely tell you how surprised and excited I was to see this.
Anyway: the atrium of the Society (that is, where we are right now) is based largely off the interior of the Paris Natural History Museum, because it is gorgeous and happened to come freakishly close to the basic structure I had in my head whenever I pictured the Society. When I studied abroad in Paris I lived within easy walking distance of the Natural History Museum but never actually went inside--a shame, since I would have loved it! I always ended up passing it by on the way to the Jardin des Plantes or the Grande Mosque, especially the Grande Mosque, which has a tearoom with mint tea and pastries and little birds who steal all those pastries. If I went back, I would definitely go to the NHM, but after that I would still go to the Grande Mosque, because birds.
Also this page was kind of a nightmare to draw, for (hopefully) obvious reasons! It took a long time for me to decide what to draw for the massive object hanging from the ceiling. I decided on the Leviathan, an ancient sea monster defeated by God in the Hebrew Bible. The Society scientists aren't totally sure this is the Leviathan of Biblical fame, or something more Lovecraftian in nature, but they are pretty sure that the skeleton isn't completely dead.