Artist Turns Human Bodies Into Zodiac Signs

Whoa.

Multi-media artist Trina Merry has been painting bodies for almost 10 years, but her latest project is something truly marvelous. In it, she turns human bodies into living representation of zodiac signs, with painstaking detail painted onto each and every limb.

Below is the completed astrology series, along with behind-the-scenes images. Note, some images are slightly NSFW. 

1. Taurus

2. Scorpio

3. Virgo

In a press release, Merry notes that inspiration for the project came from her love of art history, and not a personal experience or connection to astrology. Rather, the New York-based artist takes a more anthropological approach to astrology, studying how it has affected cultures and people through time. 

4. Sagittarius

5. Aquarius

6. Cancer

On the art of bodypainting she writes: "Painting on the body creates a special connection to a person that other visual art forms have trouble accomplishing; it's a distinctly human experience. Bodypaint is an ancient art form and the use of ochre on the skin dates back 425,000 years. This work has a heart beat and a breath, it is dynamically alive. "

7. Capricorn

8. Gemini

9. Leo

The astrology series took Merry a year to complete, with each sign taking two weeks to plan, and an average of six hours to paint. 

But as I'm sure you'll agree, the finished product was worth the time and effort. Just check out Pisces...

10. Pisces

11. Libra

12. Aries

check out a behind-the-scenes video of how one of the works was created:

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