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PHOTO BY HELGE SKODVIN/MOMENT/INSTITUTE

Here’s How You Move Hundreds of Taxidermy Animals
MOMENT Agency artist Helge Skodvin takes a humorous look at taxidermy animals on the move in Norway.

By Janna Dotschkal

A moose in midair, a masked polar bear, a shark on a shelf. While on an assignment at the Natural History Museum in Bergen, Norway, photographer Helge Skodvin discovered that the museum would be closed until 2019 for renovations. This meant that all of the taxidermy animals housed in the museum would be moved to temporary storage on the other side of town.

It was obvious that this would be an elaborate production. “It’s not a simple task, especially because the animals are big and fragile,” he says. “Some of the animals would be out of their display cases for the first time in almost 150 years.”

He negotiated with the museum and eventually they agreed to let him photograph the move. Every day, he would text message the curators and find out which animals were being transported for the day.

“I know the Natural History museum in Bergen quite well,” Skodvin says. “My grandparents went to the museum when they were kids. And my mother has stories of endless rainy Sundays spent at the animal museum (that’s what the people of Bergen like to call it). We also went to the museum when I was a kid.

Read the article on nationalgeographic.com/
See the feature A Moveable Beast