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Controversial sculptures of stuffed animals by Enrique gomez

December 19, 2011
Enrique Gomez De Molina creates hauntingly stunning hybrid sculptures made from the stuffed parts of dead animals.But it is his beloved mythical creatures that could land the Miami artist in jail for up to five years and see him forking out $250,000 in fines.

Enrique Gomez pleaded guilty to illegally importing parts from endangered species to make the unique pieces of art after his arrest in November, reports Miami New Times.He smuggled in the parts, skins and remains, from whole cobras, pangolins, hornbills, and the skulls of babirusa and orangutans from areas all over the world including Bali, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and China.

The artist claims that he aimed to raise awareness with his work to the danger faced by a range of species, with his surreal pieces representing the dangers of genetic engineering and human intervention.

On a website showcasing his work he says: ‘The impossibility of my creatures brings me both joy and sadness at the same time’.

Sculpture called the McSparboe Salmonella is a mix of a rooster and a goat

De Molina offers his pieces through galleries and on the internet for prices ranging up to $80,000

De Molina uses the parts of once-living animals and merges them together to create strange but striking sculptures.De Molina’s work was exhibited at one of the leading Art Basel Miami Beach satellite fairs The Scope Art Fair, with two of his controversial pieces fetching a total of $100,000.

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