carl ethan akeley

Akeley

[eyk-lee]
noun
Carl Ethan, 1864–1926, U.S. naturalist, explorer, and sculptor.
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carl ethan akeley

American naturalist and explorer who developed the taxidermic method for mounting museum displays to show animals in their natural surroundings. His method of applying skin on a finely molded replica of the body of the animal gave results of unprecedented realism and elevated taxidermy from a craft to an art. His modeling led to sculpture, and he executed notable pieces showing elephants, lions, and lion spearers. Akeley's goal was to create a panorama of Africa and its big game in American museums.

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