Taxidermy is a skill and art form that many think is plenty weird all on its own, even though it was practiced by luminaries like Charles Darwin and Theodore Roosevelt. It stretches from the lows of PT Barnum’s Feejee Mermaid to the highs of the myriad museums of natural history to the macabre artistry of rogue…
Walter Potter: The Man Who Married Kittens is a short doc written and directed by Ronni Thomas, who's the filmmaker-in-residence at Brooklyn's Morbid Anatomy Museum. It explores the macabre yet oddly adorable work of Victorian England taxidermist Walter Potter. DO WANT.
Taxidermy is already a bit unnerving, but how do you make it even stranger? Photograph people in grotesque costumes holding pieces of taxidermy, and stage it like something from your most surreal nightmare.
Seriously, any museum with a "Cabinet of Death" display is something you don't want to sleep on. The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities in London displays the entire collection of the proudly eccentric Mr. Wynd, and it's full of weird and wonderful things (mostly weird though).
The Pinta Island tortoise Lonesome George was the last known member of his subspecies and he has become a symbol of the importance of conservation. This short documentary shows us how the taxidermists at the American Museum of Natural History preserved Lonesome George for future generations.
Take a look at this walrus. This is what happens when a taxidermist is taxed with mounting an animal he's never seen before. With no idea that real walruses have copious wrinkles and folds, this Victorian just kept stuffing it and studding it until it looked smooth. Whoops.
Okay, the next filmmaker to develop a movie about fairies really needs to bring sculptor Cedric Laquieze on as a concept designer. He carefully arranges parts of various insects parts—as well as plants, feathers, and bones—into remarkable creatures that are beautifully strange.
In this blackly comic short film, a taxidermist and his father are the best of friends—at least until dad dies. The taxidermist figures life can go on as always if he just keeps his father's body in good shape.
Delia Akeley is probably best remembered as a "wife-of," having spent two decades married to famed taxidermist and conservationist Carl Akeley. But Delia was a fascinating adventurer in her own right, an early primatologist, anthropologist studying the pygmy peoples of Belgian Congo, and skilled museum-backed…
For better or for worse.
In case you were worried you'd ever get a good night's sleep again, here are some stuffed animals that go way beyond wrong.
Cameras are usually the instruments of art creation, but in their Camera Collection, artists Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs turn cameras into objects of art themselves. They remove the devices from their usual metal and plastic shells, replacing them with unexpected, and sometimes natural, coverings.
Fair warning: this video is graphic right off the bat. Probably NSFW, unless you're a butcher or a taxidermist (intestines, bile, and blood abound). But, if you've got the stomach for it, this is really captivating stuff. Watch it if you can. Seriously.
Photographer Klaus Pichler gained access behind the scenes of the Museum of Natural History in Vienna and captured the exhibits while they aren't on display. What he found were striking and often amusing views of sharks out of water, unexpected collections of cobras, and prehistoric humans stored alongside classical…
After risking their lives taking down Imperial Walkers, a rebel deserves some small souvenir of their service—or maybe a giant souvenir. Father of Cain Art devised these wall-ready Star Wars trophies, assuring us that "Many Star Wars vehicles were damaged during the making of this taxidermy."
Check out the 1933 staff of the American Museum of Natural History pressing the wrinkles from their giant Elephant hide. The New York Museum has released a collection of stills showing the prepping, cleaning and mounting their giant Elephant exhibit. It's actually quite delightfully demented.
Job Van Der Molen adds mechanical equipment to preserved insects, imagining a future in which these creatures might serve as our labor-saving servants-or tiny, fearsome enemy combatants. Just tell me those bullets aren't laced with bee venom.
This honor goes to "Mummified Cat Slam Dunking A Mummified Bird," which up until recently was for sale for a discount $750 buy-it-now price (via Geekologie). Because if there's anything that distinguishes you as an individual of taste and distinction, it's a barf-out effigy of Bastet schooling Horus on the basketball…