african elephants


In my history of graphic design class we created art nouveau posters! For this project we had to make advertisements while incorporating this style.
I chose to make an ad for Carl Akeley’s exhibits. Carl Akeley is well known taxidermist and conservationist. You can see his work today at the Chicago Field Museum!  In my poster I illustrated Carl Akeley’s fighting elephants. He and his wife Delia were sent on an expedition to Africa to retrieve some specimens for the Field Museum. On the expedition Delia was responsible for taking down the bigger bull elephant while Carl had been trampled and shot down his (smaller bull elephant) in self defense.Although these weren’t the first elephants that Carl had stuffed.

P.T. Barnum’s jumbo died in a freak train accident and Carl was called to the scene to stuff the elephant. Jumbo was THE FIRST ELEPHANT to ever be stuffed.

And here at the bottom of the poster I illustrated Carl Akeley’s “Four Seasons”. During the time, white tailed deer were considered endangered. Carl wanted to be able to educate the public on these animals even if they were to go extinct. But obviously today the deer are far from endangered.

So Carl collected a total of 16 deer during each of the four seasons. For each season he made sure to collect a buck, a doe and fawns. (I didn’t have enough room to illustrate all of the deer in each section.) He did a phenomenal job at capturing every little detail of how the deer might have looked when moving to the veins and position of the ears.

As for the foliage Delia and Carl MADE every single leaf, tree and shrub in sight of each diorama. They made the foliage by making wax and metal molds, and then painted everything. The snow was created using powdered sugar (with a pinch of arsenic to keep the bugs from eating the sugar.)


President Obama proposed a new rule yesterday at a press conference in Kenya, which would “ban the sale of virtually all ivory across state lines.” Current U.S. ivory regulations mainly concern the import and export of ivory into and out of the country but allows some ivory trading between states. The new regulation would restrict interstate ivory trade to items that are over the age of 100 years old or contain a minuscule amount of ivory. There would also be new restrictions on international trade.  

According to Time Magazine, “In addition to protecting elephants, the regulations will promote economic growth in Africa in the many countries rely on wildlife-based tourism, officials said. It will also aid the fight against terrorist groups that fund their efforts with money from the ivory trade.”