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François Robert spent hundreds of hours to create this work of art called Stop The Violence. He bought a human skeleton in the mid 90s during an auction of a former school.

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Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) - collected in the Galapagos, 1933. Their unique teeth are adapted for feeding on marine algae; additionally, these marine reptiles have the ability to secrete salt from a specialized nasal gland, allowing them to subsist in the sea. Darwin thought they were super ugly when he first saw them, but haters gonna hate. (at The Field Museum)

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Honebana (Bone Flower.)

Artist Hideki Tokushige makes flowers out of tiny, delicate bones. 

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How savage, fierce and grim!
His bones are bleached and white.
But what is death to him?
He grins as if to bite.
He mocks the fate
That bade, ”Begone.”
There’s fierceness stamped
In ev’ry bone.

Let silence settle from the midnight sky—
Such silence as you’ve broken with your cry;
The bleak wind howl, unto the ut’most verge
Of this mighty waste, thy fitting dirge. — “On Viewing the Skull and Bones of a Wolf” by Alexander Posey

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Artist & Illustrator:

DZO Olivier

Part of the "Stones & Bones" Series

"I always varied pens but rarely drawing surfaces.
Out of paper for a short time, I turned to the two inert materials: stone and bone.
These inert materials seemed so ordinary!
This is not the case. They are still “living” materials: rough, bold, smooth, cracked, absorbent ….
Taming the variety of surfaces on a volume is a real adventure!

So I put aside the paper and canvas fabric to experiment with new drawing sensations.
Hand fits. The fingers feel every bumps. The spirit leaves guided by reliefs. The tip of the pen folds and unfolds. I even had the feeling that this matter thank me for taking care of.

Today, I look differently. I understand them differently.
This experience has enriched my own drawing skills.
The “inert and dead” matter, gave me some lessons.
The following images are the result.”

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Gharial by elrina753 on Flickr.

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Illustration of the spinal column and surrounding circulation.

From the Atlas of Human Anatomy and Surgery, 2005.

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Curious Fact of the Week: How to Make a Bone Chandelier

The unsettling celebrated Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic is best known as the “Bone Church” — and with good reason. It’s estimated the bleached bones of between 40,000 and 70,000 dearly departed souls grace the walls. However, in all the skull garlands and charming touches like a bone bird plucking at a gaping eye socket, the centerpiece is without a doubt the chandelier.

It can be hard to make out in the ornate jumble, but there’s at least one of every bone in the human body in the chandelier. It’s arguably the masterpiece of the macabrely eccentric Frantisek Rint, a woodcarver who approached the ordering of the thousands of bones in 1870 as an artistic task. Perhaps surprisingly to everyone but Rint, the ossuary has become quite the tourist destination. 

Why are there so many dead people in this one small space? Story goes that back in the 13th century, the Sedlec Monastery Abbot brought back some earth from the Holy Land. Unfortunately, he didn’t carry much, so the spare land where he sprinkled the dirt became quite crowded with people who wanted to rest eternally in its gritty grace. So the ossuary was the result, where everyone in a way could be close.

As for the chandelier, once you know that a whole anatomy is up there details like femurs and jawbones start to emerge. The crowning touch is the ring of skulls topped with candles, which are illuminated each year on All Soul’s Day. 

(Curious Fact of the Week: How to Make a Bone Chandelier on Atlas Obscura)

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Bernardino Genga

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Beautiful Anatomical Skeletons, Posed and Photographed As Sculptures

What happens when you unleash an acclaimed luxury goods photographer on hundreds of anatomical animal skeletons kept in museum collections?

If that photographer is Patrick Gries and the skeletons are those of Paris’ Natural Museum of History, you’ll get a series of 300 stark photographs that transform staid, ordinary scientific specimens into biological art.

Gries shot these images to accompany text by oceanographer and documentarian Jean-Baptiste de Panafieu in the book Evolution, published by Xavier Barral, and they were recently featured in the Photovisa festival in Krasnodar, Russia.

“If you go to the museum, you’ll see thousands of skeletons,” Gries says. “My job was to take one specimen, isolate it, and work with light to photograph that specimen as if it was a sculpture.” De Panafieu’s essays tell the story of evolution piece by piece—with chapters on adaptation, convergencehomology and other broad themes—while Gries’ striking photos isolate the essence of each animal’s unique adaptations.

Simultaneously, though, the photos highlight the common anatomical characteristics shared by all vertebrates. Stripped of fur and flesh, it can be hard to identify the skeletons without a label: without ears, a rabbit doesn’t look all that different than a cheetah, and a monkey’s skull differs only in scale from a human’s” (read more)

(Source: Smithsonian AMNH)

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An entire Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana) in a box in Anna’s lab, awaiting cataloging.

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first listens | (2/1000) bones, MS MR 

Dig up her bones but leave her soul alone. Lost in the pages of self-made cages, life slips away and the ghosts come to play.

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Iguana, 2012

Watercolor pencil and graphite

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Kostnice (Church of Bones), Kutna Hora, Sedlec Ossuary 1 by saxonfenken on Flickr.


MS MR | Bones

dig up her bones 
but leave the soul alone 
let her find a way 
to a better place 
broken dreams and silent screams 
empty churches with soulless curses 
we found a way 
to escape the day 

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