This piece was inspired by the iconic photo by Marc Cowan of a caiman crocodile posing with multiple species of butterflies landing on its head. It reminds us of the beauty of coexistence, even when it seems like we should be enemies.
This real crocodile skull was acquired as an antique, so not much is known about its original origins. It measures about 9.5 inches long by 4 inches wide by 4 inches tall. Its mouth is permanently set open by two copper rods on each side.
The real butterfly perched on the end of its nose is a gulf fritillary, found and collected after its natural death. A pair of tiny magnets embedded into the skull and attached to the butterfly's abdomen allow it to be removed or placed in different positions.
It has been coated in a protective clear coat, but is not suitable for outdoor display or in animal enclosures.