In an admirable display of both artistic creativity and technical ability, Korean artist Hyungkoo Lee has constructed cartoon character skeletons in a collection called 'Homo Animatus.' The skeletons depict many familiar cartoon characters including Bugs Bunny, Tom & Jerry, Donald Duck, Road Runner and Tweetie. Lee has given each piece a scientific name. For example, Wile E. Coyote is called Canis Latrans Animatus.
Looking at the pieces, it is obvious that these cartoon character skeletons were incredibly difficult to produce. Lee used resin, aluminum sticks, stainless steel wire, springs and oil paint to create these monuments to childhood generations past.
The collection acts as a visual representation of the erosion of childhood. These skeletons remain as memories of our childhood, just like our own childhood memories remain with us, though they lose some of the life that made them so special. Despite the slightly grim look of the pieces, they all bring a smile to viewers' faces as they remind us of the good old days of Saturday morning cartoons.
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