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Alastair Mackie’s Alternative Taxidermy Art

Photo: Tessa Angus

What do you do if you’ve got your hands on thousands of mouse skulls (rescued from owl excrements, no less)? Well, taxidermy artist Alastair Mackie has got the elegant solution. Izzy Elstob of Don’t Panic writes:

Downstairs again, Mackie uses the repetition of form to create the series Untitled (Sphere). These are four perfect spheres within thick-set display bell jars, apparently floating upon their plinths. I forgot to mention that these perfect spheres are meticulously composed of mouse skulls. I forgot to mention that these mouse skulls are meticulously extracted from owl shit. What you have is a skeletal ball of precise dimensions, the layers of the ball packed with equidistantly placed skulls of increasing or diminishing size dependent on whether the convex is moving towards or away from the poles.

Link – via Archie McPhee’s Endless Geyser of Awesome

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August 1st, 2011

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