Takeshi Yamada's Creative Taxidermy Art.

Photo: Eriko N. Bond

That's Takeshi Yamada in front of his 6-feet long Fiji Mermaid, a creative taxidermy project shown at the Sideshow Gallery in Brooklyn, New York in 2006:

I was particularly inspired by the series of artworks on display at the circus sideshow tents, which are called “gaffs”. “Gaffs” are man-made objects simulating artifacts of wonder and oddities (some are completely fictional, such as “Fiji Mermaid” and “Jackalope”), with details great enough to fool the eyes and mind of the audience as real things at the circus sideshow tents behind the vividly painted large banners.

More on Takeshi Yamada's creative taxidermy art (he created over 250 gaffs, including the Fiji Mermaid, Jackalope, and Chupacabra): http://www.sideshowworld.com/SSA-15.html

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I live in Brookly and Takeshi Yamada is one of my favorite artists here.

Yamada is featured in "The Mythic Creatures" exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC now. It could have been better if they did not highlited scientic analytical aspect too much in the show. Yamada’s Sea Rabbit (http://sideshowworld.com/TYSeaRabbit.html) and the Fiji Mermaid featured in the documentary film were truly awesome. I wish his rogue & sideshow taxidermy artworks were on display there, too.

I also enjoyed "Mythic Festival" held on June 24, 2007. Yamada and his several dozens of taxidermy artworks such as several dragons and Fiji mermaids were there and attracted many people at his section. It was very entertaining one. (He was in tuxedo and dozens of Mardi Gras beads as always.) Yamada’s art lecture on July 10 was also a very good one - it was like a theater production of his walking around on th estage with his taxidermy pieces in his hands while he commented on them with his many taxidermy monsters including dragons, mermaids, sea rabbits, and 32-feet giant sea serpent. (yup, he was in tuxedo and with dozens of Mardi Gras beads)

We need more crazy artists like him in this truly crazy city.

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