The New World Transparent Specimens by Shinsekai blur the lines between the study of biology, art, and taxidermy. Shinsekai takes tiny life forms, like fish and seahorses, and through a process of chemical replacement of the proteins and dyeing the bones creates transparent creatures that maintain the original form and skeletal features of the specimen. The skeletons glow in eerie pinks, blues, lavenders, and greens. The eye sockets appear to house ethereal spirits as the specimens colourful tissues and skeletons leech light through the openings. Shinsekai carefully seals his creations in vials filled with glycerin and preservatives to keep them fresh and the colors vibrant. His technique is being explored by both artists and scientists as ways to better view and understand the world around us.
You can even buy specimens Shinsekai has prepared in shops scattered throughout Japan.
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