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jueves, 4 de septiembre de 2014

300 cabezas de animales te ven comer

Parece ser que un tal Bill Foster, además de empresario restaurador, ha sido también un temible cazador-coleccionista. Aunque esto parezca una entrada de Raquel Poliquin para Taxidermy, lo cierto es que lo extraje de un artículo de Allison Meier en el blog Atlasobscura acerca de este llamativo local en Rio Vista, California.
Ya he dedicado más comentarios a obras artísticas e instalaciones que se sirven del arte de la taxidermia, así que no he de extenderme mucho en dar explicaciones acerca de mi personal rechazo, aunque sin duda constata nuestra admiración por las formas animales y su preservación-posesión (y que podemos hablar de buena y mala taxidermia como quien habla de buena y mala pintura) ya que por bueno que sea, el arte no vale nunca tanto como la vida de un solo animal y, en el caso que nos ocupa, este tipo ha sacrificado como mínimo 300 animales con fines ociosos, decorativos y perversamente lucrativos, aunque no cabe duda de que ha conseguido confeccionar, tal vez sin planteárselo, una irónica metáfora visual para la conciencia de sus comensales. Carnívoro, carnicero y sanguinario no son exactamente sinónimos.


Publicado originalmente por Allison Meier



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If you want to have a meal beneath the gaze of over 300 mounted animal heads, your dream cuisine is in Rio Vista, California. Foster's Big Horn Restaurant contains the hunting trophies of one Bill Foster, who was a prolific hunter and likely a fearsome sight to any mammal who crossed his path. 
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photograph by Thomas Hawk
One animal head in a restaurant or bar might just be a macabre choice of curio, three would be a bit morbid, but once you go over the 300 mark you plunge into a grotesque visual of the rampant big game hunting that took place in Africa in the early 20th century. That's not to say there isn't something to appreciate in the sight for its sheer spectacle, with the glassy eyes of deer, a giraffe, a crowd of ibex, lions, a hippo, a Cape Buffalo, a moose with 76 inch wide antlers, and a massive African elephant gazing in a frozen stampede that seems to be emerging from the walls. Foster funded the hunting with money from bootlegging during Prohibition, and opened the restaurant in 1931 after making his trips to Africa, Canada, and Alaska for animal slaying in the 1920s. 
Below are some more photographs from Foster's Big Horn Restaurant, which can claim one of the largest private animal trophy collections in the world: 
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photograph by Lynae Zebest
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photograph by Telstar Logistics
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photograph by Thomas Hawk
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photograph by Thomas Hawk
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photograph by Orin Zebest
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photograph by Thomas Hawk
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photograph by Orin Zebest
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photograph by Orin Zebest
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photograph by Thomas Hawk
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photograph by Orin Zebest
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FOSTER'S BIG HORN, Rio Vista, California

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