When I was a eight, I can remember lying on the living room floor, paging through the medical books that had belonged to my grandfather, looking at the illustrations. There were photos, too, and those were mostly disgusting: Lumps, growths, fissures, amputations. I was gleefully appalled. As an adult, I don’t enjoy the awful photos, mostly because I can’t get past the suffering they imply, but I still adore anatomical illustrations, which is one of many reasons I made ridiculous squealing noises when my friend Cindy gave me this set of 15 old scientific diagrams:
The more I thought about hanging these on the wall, the more I realized that I had all kinds of related objects already on display in the house: A medical model of a brain that my friend Russell gave me, some teeth, a taxidermied piranha, a possum skull that my friend Tanya found and cleaned and bleached and sent to me. To make room for this whole new very exciting display, I took down a huge movie poster that we acquired about 12 years ago, and sure, okay, it wasn’t really even a movie poster, but a print of a movie poster, and yes, fine, if you really want to get technical, we never even saw the movie. SHEESH YOU ARE TECHNICAL.
Right, so from the group of 15, I settled on these five favorites:
Did I mention that they’re three-dimensional?
Once I had secured Velcro dots to the corners of all five cards, I tried them on the wall in this formation: