Miami dead animal artist Enrique Gomez De Molina was recently arrested and faces up to 5-years in jail and $250K in fines after illegally smuggling in the remains of rare and endangered animals to make his Frankensculptures. For shame, Enrique! How much for a female mannequin with the head of a dinosaur?
According to the report, he is charged with possessing the skins of a Java kingfisher, collared kingfisher, bird of paradise, and juvenile hawk-eagle as well as the carcasses of a slow loris and a mouse deer, all from Indonesia.
The artist had not obtained the required permits to import the animal parts, and police claim De Molina knew what he was doing was illegal as he asked the people he bought them from to wrap them in carbon paper, according to the MN Times.
The artist claims that he aimed to raise awareness with his work to the danger faced by a range of species...
Ah yes, the old "raise awareness by partaking in the same practices responsible for the animal's near extinction in the first place". Now that is what I call ART. A piece made from the very thing it speaks against. Reminds me of my most recent project. It was called 'PLEASE DON'T STINK'. And? And was just 'PLEASE DON'T STINK' spelled out really big on the carpet in dog turds. "Jesus -- what the hell is wrong with you?" I'm ahead of my time!
Hit the jump for a whole bunch more ark-missers.
Thanks to Joanna, who agrees there's probably a reason Noah didn't let these freaks on the ark. Maybe not a good reason, but a reason.