Sunday, January 24, 2010

i&p 1/24: taxidermy

when i'm in chicago, i sometimes spend hours in the "nature walk" exhibit at the field museum, which features hundreds upon hundreds of glass cases filled with taxidermy animals in simulated natural environments. it's strange that humans are so cut off from the natural world that we would choose to spend time in an artificial one, ironically located in the middle of one of the biggest cities in the country, in order to better understand it (or simply marvel at it).

the very idea of eternally preserving parts of the world around us, whether as trophies or for educational purposes, is unique to humans. it's a practice which sets us apart from animals, but also forces us to think about them.

on a lighter note, my brother showed me this website today,
here are some images from the site:

..people are weird.

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