Saint March Collective

Saint MarchA dear friend of mine is part of a group who started the Saint March Collective, a gallery located on 406 South Street in Philly. It just opened on March 15 and has an amazing show up.

Two dozen artists have created a “Saint” complete with relics of her body parts — each crafted as an artistic statement. Even the eyes are by two different artists. A portion of the moderate price for the art pieces will go toward an organ donor program. (The young creator of the liver is an actual liver transplant recipient!)

The gallery is a part of a “cultural renaissance” planned by landlords and “pioneers” along South Street to revitalize what once was a hub of Philly’s cultural scene. Five new galleries opened this month, all in donated space in formerly vacant storefronts.

Several more galleries are in the pipeline plus a performing arts center for theater, poetry, dance, and music which is scheduled to open by Easter.

…[The planners] have long lobbied to return the street to its artistic heritage established when the street was revitalized when a generation of hippie artists fought a crosstown expressway to save their arts -oriented community.

I hear there’s a new show going up on Sunday, so if you’re in the area check it out!

Media coverage: Art in the Age, Weekly Press, and South Street.

People Can Grow Horns

People can, and do, grow horns. They are called “cutaneous horns.”

From the World Journal of Surgical Oncology:

Cutaneous horn (cornu cutaneum), is a projectile, conical, dense, hyperkeratotic nodule that resembles the horn of an animal. The horn is composed of compacted keratin.

The wonders of the human race are infinite. You can read more at the above link, or at Neurosurgery Online or at the Human Marvels. Apparently, horns occur more frequently among the elderly, especially women. Of people who grow horns, many work outdoors unprotected from the sun. The horns may develop out of resulting lesions.

From the Human Marvels:

The earliest reliable account can be found in the report of German surgeon Fabricius Hildanus. In the late 1500’s he encountered a man with horns protruding from his forehead. Several other cases have been well documented by noted naturalists and medical experts. In his book Anatomicae Institutiones Corporis Humani Dutch naturalist Bartholinus mentions a patient with a horn measuring 12 inches and in 1696 there was a well know case involving an old woman in France who had her amputated 12 inch horn presented to the King. There is also an account from around the same time regarding the extirpation of a horn nearly ten inches in length from the forehead of a woman of eighty-two. Finally, in 1886 the famous dermatologist Jean Baptiste Emile Vidal presented before the Academie de Medecine a twisted horn from the head of a woman. That horn was ten inches long.

And do you know where you can go to see some human horns here in the US of A? Philadelphia!

You can see actual human horns and more at the “disturbingly informative” Mütter Museum. (Their words, not mine.) The Mütter Museum was founded to educate future doctors about anatomy and human medical anomalies. This website says:

The Mütter Museum, located within the stately, late-Georgian halls of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia (CPP), is sometimes disparaged as a “baby-in-a-bottle freak show,” but this label is simplistic.

Indeed. Back on topic, here are some incredible examples of individuals living with horns.

black & white horn

Yellow Horn

Ma Zhong Nan
Ma Zhong Nan

Man from Zheng Zhou
Man from Zheng Zhou

Zhao from Zhan Jiang
zhao of zhanjiang

Abdul Razak of Narasimharajapura
abdul razak

Saleh Talib Saleh of Yemen
saleh talib saleh of yemen

Wax cast of Madame Dimanche of France
madame dimanche