Sculpture: The Camel as Art

Camels are for deserts, cigarette packages, Christmas cards, circuses and zoos. Most camels, that is. An exception must be made in the case of the incredibly lifelike, lifesize, unnervingly dignified Bactrians created by Manhattan's Nancy Graves, 28, a graduate of the Yale University art school and a former painter. She builds her camels on wood and steel armatures, stuffs them with polyurethane, covers them with goat hair or sheep's wool tinted with brown oil paint. She adds carefully molded toes and ears of cast acrylic, and voild!—the result makes a taxidermist's...

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