Authenticity may be a coveted trait, but for opponents of taxidermy, preserved animal heads hold an inescapable queasiness—just how and why did the poor beast die? Kudos, then, to White Faux Taxidermy, “where nature meets design.” The Utah-based studio casts animal heads—from deer to elephant, lion to rhinoceros—in harmless resin, and color customizes them to order. The result is a range of striking, even intriguing, visual possibilities, but with none of the guilt and shame associated with taking down a majestic animal for sport. A fake, it seems, can sometimes stand head-and-shoulders above the real thing.
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