Zoo Installation Shows Trouble In Wildlife Paradise
Photo courtesy of Steinbrener-Dempf
The installation is the work of Austrian artists Christoph Steinbrener and Rainer Dempf who have set up six different enclosures at the zoo. There are oil pumps in the penguin pen, toxic waste in the aquarium and abandoned cars in the rhino enclosure to name a few.
Intended to confront the notion of pristine wildlife, the installation hopes to raise awareness about the destruction of animal habitat globally.
"Surprising effects occur when nature and civilization confront each other, shifting our perception of the actual relationship between animals and humans," explain the artists. "The troubled relationship of nature and civilization is reformulated as a vivid and palpable experience, reaching out to entrap the spectator."
Trouble in Paradise is currently running to October 18, 2009.