Posted by: JulieAloha | May 11, 2017

365 Gratitude Project – Day 131: Zoo Art

May 11, 2017

It may not always be the first thing which comes to mind when you think about the Zoo, but the Zoo is a great place for public works of art. Woodland Park Zoo has sculpture and paintings and murals and textiles all over the park, from the baboons outside South Gate to the river otter statues in the Northern Trail. The pics below include the printed cloth wall panels and brick wall relief in the Education Center Auditorium, the orangutan sculpture in Tropical Asia, the hippo sculpture and the lioness and cubs statue in African Savanna. 

The next panel depicts one of the stone lions near African Savanna, the animal mural at South Gate, the bronze rubbing station near the new Wildlife Theater, the raven bench in Northern Trail, the snow leopard statue in Austral-Asia, and the baby elephant statue currently off view in Tropical Asia. 

Many people see these pieces only at a glance and walk by on their way to something else – although I find that the children more often see and react to the artwork through play and touch and question before being led away. The children have the right idea – they interact with the world around them, touching and experiencing smooth, cold bronze, polishing and smoothing the metal with their hands, climbing on the rough stone and brick and concrete, wondering about what the art depicts and making up stories in their heads. 

Look for the art in your world, I’m sure it’s there. Stop and wonder at it, touch and drink it in and let it impact your day if even only for a moment. Then carry it away with you and you will be the better for the experience. 

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