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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Enrique Gomez De Molina the Creator & the Condemned

"A Miami Beach artist who combines taxidermied animal parts into sculpture was sentenced Friday to 20 months in federal prison for trafficking in endangered and protected wildlife. Enrique Gomez De Molina, 48, pled guilty in December after authorities accused him of importing without permits or declaration the skins of a Java kingfisher, collared kingfisher, juvenile hawk-eagle, king cobra, pangolin, hornbills, birds of paradise, the skulls of babirusa and orangutans and the carcass remnants of a slow loris and mouse deer. The commercial transaction of several of the animals, such as the slow loris, is illegal altogether...De Molina also received one year's probation, was fined $6,000, and must forfeit all smuggled wildlife in his possession."                   huffingtonpost

Yes trafficking in threatened species is illegal but I wonder if the Dr. Frankenstein approach to art making was the underlying nail in the coffin. Of course no one of sane constitution can condemn laws that protect our environment and our wildlife...still I can't help but revel in the spectacle. Had the carcasses, skins, and skulls been left to rot in their indigenous compost heaps, the courts would have gaveled in favor. I on the other hand would have sighed at the loss. De Molina has demonstrated craftsmanship and creativity to rival nature. Hats off to you Enrique, I think your work is magnificent.  

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