July 30, 2007

The Great White Bear exhibition

Wow, this is such a moving piece. Artists Bryndis Snaebjornsdottir and Mark Wilson tracked down every (stuffed) polar bear in Great Britain. They photographed them in their original setting, be it dusty museum display , private or stately homes or even in storage and documented their history. Take a look at their website to see the images taken at the various sites. Ten of them can be seen in an exhibition called “The great white bear” at South London’s Horniman Museum and there is also a book called “A Cultural Life of Polar Bears” by the artists themselves.

To see those majethetic animals reduced to souvenirs or museum exhibits or forgotten in a box is truly sad, especially since they became again (thanks in some part to Knut) symbols for the loss we might face because of the impending climate change.


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