Have you seen the movie ‘Night At The Museum’?
Well, this next photographic series isn’t far from that reality. Austrian photographer Klaus Pichler was casually strolling around the Museum of Natural History in Vienna, when he noticed a stuffed antelope positioned in such a way that it looked like it was interacting with it’s new environment. As if it was in the wild merely a few seconds ago, before mysteriously finding itself stuck in the great corridors of one of Europe’s renowned museums, dumbstruck and confused.
That single moment served as the inspiration for him to go back a few days later and ask for a tour with the museum’s actual taxidermy team. He wanted to see just how many animals might be hidden away out of public view. After prowling around the corridors, vaults and storage rooms (museum’s around the world can never showcase all their works at once) and being exposed to a virtual zoo of animals never seen by the general public, he gained permission to photograph the displays – positioning and moving them around the museum after hours we he wanted.
The end result? Terrifying bears in elevators, toads eyeing you from across the room, even a pair of King Cobra’s acting as security guards! Through his imagination and photography, he’s breathed new life into this animals, making them as much as part of the museum as the museum is about them.
To many, it seems these animals are adapting to their new home just fine.