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Today the Department of Awesome Animal Hybrids explores the work of Italian artist Alessandro Gallo. He hand-sculpts wonderfully strange and unsettlingly realistic characters who are part human, part animal, usually dressed in everyday clothes and sometimes engaged is perfectly ordinary activities such as reading on a bench, playing the guitar or having a swing in a park.

"Expertly reproducing human and animal anatomy, Gallo blends the two to create convincing hybrids of man and beast. The works produce an almost eerie sense of unheimliche, as Freud put it: when the familiar becomes uncomfortably strange.”

Gallo just opened a solo exhibition of his newest series of hybrid figures on display at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York. The show is entitled Strani Incontri, which is Italian for “Strange Encounters” and runs through October 4, 2014.

Visit Alessandro Gallo’s website to check out more of his fascinating sculptures.

[via Visual News and Hi-Fructose]

First came the delightful Dirds (Dog-birds), followed by the marvelous Meowls (Cat-owls), today the Department of Awesome Animal Hybrids introduces us to another spectacularly surreal creature: Bears with Beaks.

From the Angry Eagoala and Panda Bearrot to the Sad Beargle and the Hungy Pelibear, these beaky bears are the product of the collective imagination and photoshop skills of a two-year-old subreddit called… wait for it… BearsWithBeaks. Thanksgiving just got a whole lot more interesting now that we know about the Wild Bearky.

Head over to BearsWithBeaks for many more examples of this hilarious, yet strangely touching hybrid species. Just don’t leave your fingers where they can nip them.

[via Neatorama and 22 Words]

It’s been a few months since we last paid a visit to the Department of Awesome Animal Hybrids. Netherlands-based artist Redmer Hoekstra creates beautifully surreal illustrations that combine animals and humans with machines and everyday objects. Hoekstra’s hybrids are wonderfully imaginative. The pages of a book are the wings of an owl. A mother pigeon is a teapot feeding a brood of gaping teacup chicks in their serving tray nest. The metallic skin of a submarine is peeled like a banana to reveal a humpback whale inside.

Visit Redmer Hoekstra’s Behance page to check out more of his dreamlike illustrations. He also has an online shop offering books, prints and postcards.

[via Colossal]

Take one sort of plant that grows above ground, one that grows below and lots of skill and patience with grafting and, ten years later, you might just get your very own TomTato plant. That’s exactly what the clever folks at British horticultural firm Thompson and Morgan did in order to successfully create an awesome tomato-potato plant hybrid without using any genetic modification.

"Thompson and Morgan director Paul Hansord explains: “It has been very difficult to achieve because the tomato stem and the potato stem have to be the same thickness for the graft to work… It is a very highly skilled operation. We have seen similar products. However, on closer inspection the potato is planted in a pot with a tomato planted in the same pot – our plant is one plant and produces no potato foliage.”

[via Technabob]

Behold the Triceracopter and Stegowagenvolkssaurus. These two awesome fiberglass sculptures were created in the 1970s by the late Cincinnati-based sculptor Patricia Renick.

The Stegowagenvolkssaurus is such a wonderful combination of a stegosaurus a Volkswagen Beetle, that we wish it was actually available as a mode of transportation. Who wouldn’t want to go to work in a dinocar?

The 12 x 20 foot creature currently stands on display in the library at Northern Kentucky University. When speaking about the work, Renick said, “I wanted viewers to enter a space that resonated as a natural history museum. I wanted them to feel as if they were seeing an unknown but plausible species.”

The Triceracopter combines a triceratopr with a US Army Hughes OH-6 Cayuse helicopter. It was created by Renick in 1977 as a response to the Vietman War.

She stated, “I did not see the work as a celebration, but as a cautionary tale, an expression of hope for the end of war.” In 2011, this unique species finally found a home in University of Cincinnati’s Langsam Library.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

French sculptor Pierre Matter beautifully combines biological and mechanical elements to create awesome large-scale sculptures that are as impressively grand as they are surprisingly tender.

"Many of Matter’s sculptures examine humanity’s relationship with both animals and machines, portraying these creatures and devices as beasts of burden, caretakers, religious symbols, and medical devices."

"He works mostly with bronze, however he also uses recycled and scrap materials, to build his hybrid sculptures. His imaginative artwork is a continuation of an ongoing dialogue concerning human existence and changes brought about by advances in technology and the sciences."

Visit Pierre Matter’s website to view more of his amazing sculptures.

[via io9 and Hi-Fructose]