Really Bad Taxidermy

very bad taxidermy

I remember as a child briefly thinking I should be a taxidermist. I love animals so I thought it would be a great idea to make them for a living. So I wrote a letter (back then we used pen and paper) to a taxidermist and he showed me how it’s done, in great detail, with pictures and instructions. And, ewww, I quickly realized it wasn’t for me. These people below shouldn’t have gone down the taxidermy path either.Continue Reading

Animal Rights Artist Angela Singer

There’s a post over at the Cool Hunting blog about the New Zealand based artist Angela Singer.

“While a strident activist against all forms of animal cruelty—including vivisection—much of her recent artwork is made from discarded hunting trophies and other taxidermy that strives to illuminate human exploitive tendencies of the rest of the animal kingdom. It’s a chilling effect; these carcasses highlight how grotesque natural beauty can become after suffering at the hands of humanity.” Cool HuntingContinue Reading

Replacing a Dead Shark

I know I’ve been accused of mentioning Damien Hirst too much, and his work doesn’t please everyone, but he keeps making the news and a lot of it is worth mentioning. He brings up issues that should be talked about.

Perhaps his most famous work (The physical impossibility of death in the mind of someone living) will soon be replaced with a new dead shark. The work was made in 1991 and is already falling apart, the liquid is murky, and the shark has changed shape.
The American hedge fund manager Steve Cohen paid about 6.5 million pounds for the Hirst work in 2004 and is now in discussions with Damien Hirst to have the shark completely replaced.Continue Reading

Damien Hirst’s New Shark

The British artist Damien Hirst plans to tread water and earn up to £24 million doing it. His iconic work of a dead shark floating in formaldehyde, “The Physical Impossibility Of Death In The Mind Of Someone Living” completed in 1991 has been one of the works to be repeated. The original was sold last year to the American Steve Cohen for £7 million ($12 million), while the new derivative work of the dead shark “The Wrath of God” sold to the Samsung Museum in South Korea for £2.28m ($4 million).
The new shark has also come from Australia, but it is also less than half the size of the 1991 original.Continue Reading