Taxidermy on the Rise!!

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For several years, taxidermy has been a rising trend.

In the late ’90s in London, a swish young crowd revived the Victorian era’s obsession with nature preserved in glass-fronted cabinets and mounted on walls.

In 2009, The New York Times talked about the use of taxidermy in trendy magazine photo spreads and hip restaurants, as well as a subculture dubbed the “New Antiquarians” who, the Times reported, “incorporate dramatic antiques (like taxidermy) into the design of their carefully assembled homes.”

But there’s nothing faddish about Morgan Mavis’ Contemporary Zoological Conservatory, operated out of the $1,250-a-month west-end apartment she shares with her partner, Christopher Bennell. It’s a modern-day, 1,000-square-foot cabinet of curiosities, an installation dedicated to preserving nature in the same loving and studious way that Victorians did, which is not to say Mavis and Bennell don’t acknowledge irony.

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