The secret is out! Symbolia is honored to have worked with Tumblr and Popular Science to produce SHAPE MATTERS, a brilliantly illustrated story about the Museum of Copulatory Organs by Andy Warner. Ever wanted to see a 360 GIF of a Daddy Long Legs phallus? Now’s your chance.
This is the first story we’ve ever published online in entirety. Please like and reblog!
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Welcome to the Museum of Copulatory Organs
It all started with a flea circus. This is the story of Maria Fernanda Cardoso, whose biology-based artwork progressed from her very own circus of live fleas to detailed models of nature’s most intricate and unlikely reproductive systems. Industrial design, electron microscopy, and 3D printing were all brought to bear, and the results are fascinating.
This story, created in partnership with Symbolia and Popular Science, was illustrated and animated by Andy Warner. “My father is a marine biologist who specialized in fish sex change,” says Warner, “and I grew up learning about weird and wonderful animal behavior and morphology at the dinner table.”