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The Art of Taxidermy

Mar 8, 2017  ·  3 min read

words by ben stephens

Art comes in many forms.

Artist, Wim Delvoye tattoos pigskins in a piece he called Art Farm… Quite conceptual, check it out HERE.

With art being a subjective creature, everything, in turn, then becomes art. Like that plastic bag floating down the street, kept alive by the gusts of wind that penetrate the windy capital, or that guy on the train with the odd socks who picks his nose from time to time – it’s all art.

We here at QT love the more borderline creepy works of art. You know, the ones that make you question it.

Some great little pieces of art in #Wellington ?

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I personally love artwork that makes me question if it offends me or not. Where I have to take time out to actually study the piece and figure out where my bias stands

All this makes art something truly great.

And taxidermy is no exception.

At some point during the Victorian era, mounting dead animals to bits of wood became quite the statement piece for your manor.

It was a bragging point if you were the one to shoot the beast that was now attached to block of wood, something to talk over dinner.

These days, there are a number of artists that work with animals that have passed over to create pieces that make you think.

Take Sean Crawford for example. A Carterton local, Sean creates sculptures using a whole range of pieces exhibiting the natural animal, mixed with steel cut designs.

Next time you’re in the QT Museum Wellington lobby, be sure to look out for his piece titled ‘A Plague for Sentimental Gentleman’, playing with the idea of globalisation. It’s rather fun.

Stay, play and shop with Qtique 24/7 ? #QTLife #qtmuseumwellington

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Along with that, we also have three peacocks across the hotel that have been beautifully restored and add a little something to the public spaces.

Be sure to check them out next your in the lobby.

If you’re looking for a new statement piece for your manor, just around the corner from the hotel you’ll find Brown & Co who pride themselves on the quality of their pieces and highlight taxidermy as:

‘After the initial outlay it’s the perfect pet, doesn’t mind being locked in an airless car at the supermarket, and will save you on pet food and vet bills.’

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