the nonlife zoo
Human beings must face the truth
From a long time ago, various creatures have evolved, transmuted and grown along with the Earth. However, with the progress and development of human civilization, especially after the Industrial Revolution which bloomed in the middle of the 18th century, the natural environment has undergone a significant degradation, bringing the threat of death and eradication to a large number of creatures on Earth. According to several surveys, as many as 16,118 out of 40,168 kinds of species are facing the crisis of extinction, and for the present, more than one kind of species vanishes from the earth daily! Almost 99.9 percent of these extinctions can be attributed to mankind, and it is regrettable that human activities have resulted in the extinction of 784 kinds of biological species since 1600 till now. In recent years, the natural world begins to change dramatically due to the destruction it suffers and the loss of ecological balance, gradually affecting the lives of mankind in turn, but it seems that only a small amount of people are showing concern for and responding to these environmental issues. Allowing this attitude of selfishness to continue, it won't be long before mankind heads towards self-destruction...With the hope to promote the concept of animal protection, we, as designers, introduced "The Nonlife Zoo" series of artworks. "The Nonlife Zoo" is not a traditional entertaining site holding rare birds and animals for families to watch, nor is it a prevailing educational facility with the goal to protect endangered species and to teach the laws of nature, but a new kind of zoo that will emerge in the near future - a zoo without any living creatures. In the zoo park, you can only find still, immovable animals but no living creatures; you can only hear painful groans from helpless animals, but no children's joyful laughter. On the contrary, these puppets pose themselves as if they have surrendered, with the expression of indifference and cruelty written on their faces, expressing their frustration andresistance toward what mankind has done to them. With "humans" as our design prototype "The Nonlife Zoo" animals are based on human form with standing position. The human gesture is the metaphor for animals’ tragic extinction that caused by humans. it also represents the soul of dead animals. It is even an ironic insinuation of human behavior that leads humans to their own destruction. The face of skull represents the frustration, anger and death! We are trying to use these visual links to a clear expression, that is, human beings will be facing extinction if they no longer cherish the existing environment and co-exist with nature and animals.