260. Schönbrunn Zoo Art Exhibit.
Jun 22, 2009 at 02:29PM

Give a little context to an art exhibit and it's meaning can be amplified a thousand times. Artists Steinbrener/Dempf have placed various symbols of human civilization inside the animal enclosures at the Schönbrunn Zoo in Vienna — creating a powerful installation called Trouble in Paradise. The six pieces are designed to contrast our idealized image of wildlife and the harsh reality of habitat destruction. From the artists, "We are experimenting with visualisations of social issues. Our understanding of sculpture in a broader sense denotes heterogeneous and dynamic shapes which are exposed to concrete, social and symbolic influences."

Obviously, humans are more than just spectators when it comes to our relationship with animals and this point is hammered home by a poignant concept. Well done.

Car Prop Before Installation:

Alligator Enclosure:

Aquatic Oil pump:

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