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New World Transparent Specimens by Iori Tomita

Juxtapoz // Monday, 13 Jun 2011

This is pretty interesting stuff: Japanese artist, Iori Tomita, worked in experimenting with the preservation and staining of fish while working as a fisherman. Soon, he began to master the form of coloring and capturing all the aspects of the fish's make-up.

As we just read, "for each specimen, Tomita first removes the scales and skin of fish that have been preserved in formaldehyde. He leaves the organism to soak in a mixture of blue stain, ethyl alcohol, and glacial acetic acid before utilizing the enzyme trypsin to break down protein  and muscles, stopping the reaction as soon as they become transparent but before they lose their form. the bones are then stained by soaking the fish in a combination of potassium hydroxide and red dye, before the specimen is preserved in glycerin."

The results are crazy, beautiful pieces of art that takes working with the natural world to a new level.


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