Taxidermy as an Art

TaxidermyIt’s impossible to dismiss taxidermy as an art form, and some taxidermists are true artists who put massive effort into their work, fabricating a mysterious spectacle while playfully capturing a single moment takes sheer talent and skill.

Careful planning and design is essential.  Taxidermy is often a painstaking process and can be challenging regardless of the level skill or inherent talent. Every trophy on display is individually designed and sculptured to reflect anatomy accuracy and genuine wildlife behavior. Each piece is an original, designed to enhance the animal’s best features and to fit into the available display. This takes an enormous amount of time and creative talent to obtain the exact standards with emphasis on symmetry and detail.

There are many elements taken into consideration when designing and planning the displays such as lighting, floor layout, woodwork, and vegetation used in combination with the specimen to enhance their appearance.

Preparation of the animals for transport includes carefully skinning and removing all the remnants of flesh from the hide.  The hide is then salted and allowed to dry, preferably at a cool temperature.  Salted and dried, the hides will be preserved for many months, allowing them to be transported without deterioration.  Once at the taxidermist, the hides are tanned, which produces a hide of leather, which can be stitched and sewn together over a plastic form.  The result of which is a mounted animal.


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