"Preserved" plushies in jars


ShelllllfffCanadian artist Ian Baxter's "Animal Preserve" series from 1999 featured hundreds of stuffed animals "preserved" in liquid-filled jars neatly organized on shelves. (via FP)


  1. Does anyone else remember the Bonsai Kitten meme? Does the site even still exist?

    I’ll never forget how absolutely INCENSED one of my coworkers became at the time over it, she was completely convinced it was real and freaked out all day about it.

    1.  Bonsai Kitten was fantastic. There’s bits of it on the Internet Archive. It is STILL as effective to troll people with (I like to use the fact it’s only got a few pages on there now to add verisimilitude (‘Yeah, they got forced to pull the site, that’s why you can only see it here’). Like shooting fish in a barrel…

      1. Haha, but there’s nothing sadder than seeing pure love …behind glass and suspended in formaldehyde.

  2. I saw that exhibit when it was at the National Gallery of Canada when we were in Ottawa around the millennial New Years.  We spend a huge amount of time going from jar to jar to see if we recognized each stuffed animal.

  3. Jars of “preserved” plushies lined up on shelves behind me as I open up the door for little trick-or-treaters.   Oooooh yeeeeeah.

  4. It says distilled water on the site, but I doubt that would stay clear for very long.  Any recommendations for a preservative that would be compatible with the stuffed animal fibers?

  5. The originator of Picked Pets was a artist called Ryan Exidore, based in Glasgow, Scotland, He developed and exhibited Picked Pets in 1997 and was even on the UK’s Big Breakfast TV show being interviewed about them. Unfortunately he’s no longer around…
    Please see the attached article from the Glasgow Evening Times (May 1997).

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