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Happy Holidays with Giant Sea Serpent Wreath (December 8, 2010) | by Dr. Takeshi Yamada
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Happy Holidays with Giant Sea Serpent Wreath (December 8, 2010)

Dr. Takeshi Yamada and Seara (sea rabbit) in front of his 32-foot Giant Sea Serpent Wreath on display at Arsenal Gallery in Manhattan, New York at the opening reception of the annual Wreath: Interpretations fine art exhibition on December 8, 2010.


"Cabinet of Curiosities Wreath, 2008" was made of the 32-foot Giant Sea Serpent rogue taxidermy by Takeshi Yamada. This is the largest rogue taxidermy created by using actual body parts of animals (and other materials including galvanized steel wires inside for the structural integrity) by Yamada. This truly monumental rogue taxidermy artwork was displayed at Artsenal Gallery in Manhattan, New York at the annual Wreath: Interpretation fine art exhibition during December 11, 2009 and January 6, 2010. Itbecame the "poster artwork" for promoting this fine art exhibition in the official website page of the Arsenal Gallery.


Snake God in the form of the giant snake (often coiled) is worshipped in many Asian religions such as Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, Shintoism, etc. Snake God represent regeneration of life and spiritual rebirth. This is because the snake shed skin to regenerate its life and grow (just like the symbolism of the mythic creature called Phoenix in the Western world). Statues of Snake God can be seen all over those Asian nations including Japan, where Takeshi Yamada was born and raised. Needless to say, the snake is one of 12 sacred animals in Chinese zodiac, which is commonly used in many Asian nations including Japan. In the "Snake Year", images of snakes as the greatest good-luck-charm of the year are seen all over those nations.


Reference of this fine art exhibition (ooficial website of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation:


Reference: Article with exclusive interview of Takeshi Yamada including photographs of him and his Giant Sea Serpent Wreath, entitled "The Taxidermist's Companion" dated December 16, 2010 in The Wall Street Journal:


Reference: Newspaper artricle with the photograph of Giant Sea Serpent Wreath of takeshi Yamada:




Reference: Dr. Takeshi Yamada as “Immortalizer” of the AMC cable television competitive fine art reality show, “Immortalized”, season 1, aired in 2013:,92526/


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(updated March 4, 2013)


For any questions, please contact Dr. Takeshi Yamada via his official art website and his email there. See the first page and/or the last page of this website for details.


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Taken on November 8, 2010