So I scrapped those ideas. And, after reading some books on museology and also an article by Steve Baker in the book Representing Animals I came to the conclusion that maybe creating museum cases for these specimens was the answer. I made a quick sketch of what I wanted for three of the figures and then took this to Max in the wood workshop.
After SEVERAL trips to B&Q for wood filler, molding strips, varnish- I have two of the three finished! (See photos above with wood cases) I'll finish the third tomorrow. I also am waiting for the engraved cards I have orders to affix to the front of these cases. The cards say "Rhizome Specimens" which is a direct reference to Deleuze and Guattari's rhizome philosophy as is detail in their work A Thousand Plateaus. I am quite confident in these new displays and in what context they place the work. I will receive feedback on this final attempt during the Edinburgh College of Art Sculpture Court MFA show which opens next Tuesday, March 16th from 6-9 pm. If you, reader, can make it- that'd be fantastic!