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A Zoo's Message About Pollution

Artists Christoph Steinbrener and Rainer Dempf created this art installation in the Schönbrunn Zoo in Vienna to show the potential effects our negative actions take on the evironment.
According to the artists, these scenes of ecological nightmares are “experimental set-up[s]” in which “the viewer is forced to reconsider traditional modes of animal presentation and simultaneously to question the authenticity of concepts which are restaging 'natural' environments while they are increasingly endangered.”


The description is pretentious drivel, and the point should have been made in a simpler, less costly fashion. We don't really need blowhard, self-important "artistes" to tell us pollution is bad.
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No one loves going to the Zoo more than me, and I've been to over 210 of them worldwide (including Vienna). But honestly, I don't like this exhibit. I'd rather see the animals in their "natural habitat", even if that's a bit outdated.

Allen Nyhuis, Coauthor: America's Best Zoos
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