Taxidermy Enjoys A New Chic

“For generations, the art of preserving dead creatures has been considered at worst barbaric and at best a relic of 19th-century colonialism. Now, however, a new breed of artists and collectors are discovering taxidermy. A manky hoof or a moth-eaten fox head that once adorned your granny’s spare room is probably propped on the wall of an expensive restaurant. A new shop selling taxidermy is opening next year in London’s achingly fashionable Shoreditch. Kate Moss has just spent several thousand pounds on a piece of taxidermy sculpture – a dead bluetit on a prayer book – by the east London-based artist Polly Morgan.”