About the Exhibit

About the Exhibit

About the Exhibit

Taxidermy: Head to Toe

Taxidermy Head to Toe
Taxidermy: Head to Toe
Orangutan body carved from foam

Wrangling the Orangutan

Each body part is carved from foam based on measurements taken from the carcass. The parts are fitted together and then packed with clay and plastic to create a lifelike body shape that fits the skin.

tanned Orangutan skin

The tanned skin is tested several times on the form to be sure it fits perfectly.

plaster Orangutan death mask
photo credits

A plaster death mask recorded the distinctive facial features of the orangutan.

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Carl Hansen
Paul Rhymer
Heather Rostker

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