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This ghastly reindeer carcass, crafted by artist Tyler Ingolia for the window display at Royal Oak’s Noir Leather, was made out of papier-mâché, cardboard and fabrics. The animal, which looks more like a prehistoric predator than one of Santa’s hooved helpers, is Ingolia’s gift to the city upon his recent return — he originally lived in the area as a young punk in the ’80s, and has just moved back to metro Detroit after spending more than a decade in San Francisco. According to storeowner Keith Howarth, the last phase for this sculpture will be animatronics to bring the reindeer, and the skeletal version of Santa that accompanies him, to life.

Rebecca Mazzei is Metro Times arts editor. Send comments to

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