Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan has raised more than a few eyebrows with his use of taxidermy animals, including horses, as art. In 2001, his stuffed racehorse titled “La Ballata di Trotsky” sold at Christie’s London auction house for £619,750. The mare, named Tiramisu, died of natural causes. Cattelan stretched her pelt over a light-weight frame as his intent was that she hang from the ceiling. Her legs were deliberately elongated to add to the pathos.
Explains Cattelan, “My animals were intended to be characters, images, things. But the more I work with animals, the more perverse the relationships between animals and human beings seem to be. People seem to be really intrigued, disturbed and charmed by my animals.”