Cleared ~ Adam Summers

December 31, 2013 @ DesignTaxi

Adam Summers, a professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, collects fish specimens and turns them into beautiful vibrant models. Summers specially treats each part of the fish before dying it in alternating colors to distinguish its various innards from one another. “The technique uses two vital dyes – Alcian Blue to stain cartilaginous elements a deep blue and Alizarin Red S to turn mineralized tissue crimson. The specimen is then lightly bleached with hydrogen peroxide to remove dark pigments, leaving a snow-white fish. Flesh is dissolved with Trypsin, a digestive enzyme found in your intestine… In order to make the skin and remaining connective tissue invisible the entire specimen is immersed in glycerin.”




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