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SKULLS Paperback – October 7, 2008
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Although some of the skulls are recognizable mainly by courtesy, others are quite striking, and above all, the range of media involved is impressive—everything from pancakes to pushpins stuck into a telephone pole. Some of the skulls were indoor projects, while others, like the pushpin one, were done outdoors in city streets. Most of the skulls were either destroyed/recycled after being photographed or left for other people to find and be boggled by. As a bonus, Scalin includes photos of some skulls that other people made following his example and, sometimes, using skull stencils he supplied. He also makes a few explicit directions for skull projects that readers can do, but of course the whole book is a gallery of inspiration in that line.
Scalin attaches a brief note to each skull, naming the medium he used and, sometimes, adding a comment about the work or his experience in creating it. He makes a point of telling us that everything is organic and/or recycled (either before or after being turned into a skull); for instance, he specifies that the egg into which he drilled a skull-shaped set of holes was a “local, organic, free-range egg.” (I could just see those eggs rolling happily around their range.) This seemed rather unnecessary to me, but no doubt it was part of the thrust of Scalin’s day-job specialty, “socially conscious design.”
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Its amazing how many ways skulls can be created.