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:

04 All the Cards

To give you an idea of size, these are about 13 inches tall (or wide, depending on their orientation).  Objectively, that is squeal-worthy.

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:

04B Cards Chosen

Did I mention that they’re three-dimensional?

05 Velcro

3D hell yeah.


Once I had secured Velcro dots to the corners of all five cards, I tried them on the wall in this formation:

06 Cards on Wall - First Arrangement

I had an idea for filling that gap, but alas, it worked about as well as flirting with that gay string musician back in college in a low-cut black sweater that he politely pretended had a higher neckline.

07 Cards Plus Stuff

After a little rearranging, I started adding stuff, and that’s when I realized I might want a little wooden shelf.  Oh darn.  Not the antique mall.  Not again.

08 Shelf wtih Stuff

Two hours and $5 dollars later, voila!   A little wooden shelf.

Turkey 2

Oh, and this needs mentioning: This is the amazingly awesome dino-turkey my son gave me for Christmas. An artist made it.  My son bought it.  I love it.  And it obviously needs to join this grouping.

09 Before Black Borders

Although I liked this, something was still bothering me. The cards seemed to want more individual definition – frames, but without framing, if you will.

10 Black Border on a Real Display

Anatomical fish, meet black paint. Black paint, my friend, the naked fish.

11 Detail Shot

Rock. On. Now, that dinoturkey still wants a little something, a little dignity and presence, but I’m saving that for next week. For now, here’s my anatomi-dermied wall that I can’t stop staring at.

11 Black Edges Painted

Because I love it.


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sarah · February 6, 2015 at 12:57 am

That looks amazing.. It's incredible the difference that the black paint on the edges makes!

I want to attack every single one of those things with my handydandy casting resin. I wonder if it would woooooooooooork?

    AnnDAngelo · February 6, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    I can totally send you one / some if you want! It would be so cool if those worked as molds!

Banana · February 6, 2015 at 6:36 pm

That looks so cool!!!

    AnnDAngelo · February 8, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Yay! Thank you! 😀

M Mathey - POMI · February 6, 2015 at 8:47 pm

LOVE this so much!! No wonder you squealed with excitement – I would've too!
A friend gave me a dermatological book once but it was pretty gruesome – these 3-d illustrations are much cooler!
The dino-turkey is perfect!

    AnnDAngelo · February 8, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Thank you so much! I am glad you like the dino-turkey. I think not everyone understands him, but I really do adore him!

Heather N. Dietz · February 8, 2015 at 3:25 pm

This is awesome! Love how this is all grouped together, and became so envious as my themes change so often I typically don't have many things to group. In talking with my fellow writer/collaborator, I pulled out some schematics of another project I've been working on for years of ships I made out of Legos and a friend drew them into "real" sci-fi fighters for his universe.

…given that and this post, I now have an idea for my upstairs landing! Thank you Ann!!!!! <3 <3

    AnnDAngelo · February 8, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    You just made me all kinds of super happy! Yay! I hope it turns out great! 😀

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