This series of book covers was designed for Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy. These books were written in the Western genre, but they chronicle the demise of the Western, the end of the cowboy lifestyle. I chose to depict this self-awareness of impending extinction through photographs of taxidermied animals. These creatures are preserved in artificial environments just as the cowboy is mythologized in our culture. The plants and objects surrounding the animals symbolize death and grief, and the typography is reminiscent of museum tags and catalogues.