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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Taxidermy Takeover at the Wagner Free Institute

Join us for a wondrous day replete with live taxidermy, diaphonization demonstrations, and vendors.

For this special Obscura Day event, we will celebrate taxidermy at the Wagner Free Institute with nationally recognized taxidermy and diaphonization experts!

Taxidermy: New York City taxidermists Divya Anantharaman and Katie Innamorato demystify the practice of taxidermy, shatter stereotypes, and make taxidermy accessible to all. Committed to sustainable sourcing and wildlife conservation, the authors are part of the vanguard of young taxidermists who bring new life to this age-old craft.

Diaphonization: Mark Breen-Klein is a biomedical engineer and artist living in the greater NYC area.  His passions for science and nature have led him to work with zoos, museums, nature reserves, and research facilities.  Mark creates scientific art from deceased reptiles so that the natural wonders he adores can live on and continue to educate even after death through the fascinating process of diaphonization. 

Doors open at noon for check-in and exploration of the preserved Victorian natural history museum splendor that is the Wagner Free Institute of Science. From 1 to 3 pm in the Wagner’s historic lecture hall, Divya, Katie, and Mark will demonstrate and talk about their work. After they speak, stick around until 4 pm to mingle and continue exploring the museum. You will also be able to peruse and purchase Divya and Katie’s book, Stuffed Animals: A Modern Guide to Taxidermy, have it signed by the artists, and check out a bonus taxidermy/diaphonization pop-up shop so you can take home a souvenir of your day!

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