Dried animals and other creatures coax a fascination which is hard to stifle when they are viewed in a museum. They bring out different reactions ranging from repugnance to amazement. But this H. emoto creature makes people react in perplexity. What in the world is thing, really?
The Gula/Miguel creature displayed for the public to appreciate. (H. Emoto)
The creature pictured here is actually a bogus beast-a creation of Hajime Emoto, a Japanese paper-mache sculptor of imaginary creatures from his mind. This one, for instance, is labeled Gula/Miguel in his website, where browsers can see more of his fantastic biologically inspired creations.
Emoto’s paper sculpture art has been called paper cryptozoology, a fancy name for a bogus science which in a way leads to a valid interest in the true science of biology. His works of art appear like dried lab or museum specimens, and if it weren’t for their weird appearance, they’d be mistaken for actual creatures that once lived, when in fact, they’re just made of paper, bamboo, paste, and paint.
Hajime Emoto’s creations may be viewed in his fantastic creatures website.