Is this work of art meant for
people or for animals? Or
Certainly it has an alienating effect. Far away from the bustle of the park,
loose brick walls, animal footprints, vegetables and toys create the setting of
an imaginary beast epic. The characters are animals: a fox, a rhino, a bat, a
lioness, an ancient female elephant, and a pack of invisible wolves.
Here the boundaries between
the urban area
and the wilderness, and
between people and animals, are blurred by weaving together elements from three
local complex and man-made environments: the city of Arnhem, Park Sonsbeek, and
Koninklijke Burgers’ Zoo Arnhem.
The main inspiration comes
from Reynaert de Vos,
a satirical epic
from the thirteenth century, in which
the author compares medieval society to the animal kingdom. And 1800
century travel of Clara—the first Indian rhino which was stage-displayed for
over 17 years around Europe—the enterprising idea of the Dutch sea captain Van
Now she is telling her own
story, about the history, current situation, and future of Arnhem. She does so
via the bricks in her work,
which during the colonial era were produced in Arnhem and exported to Batavia
(now known as Jakarta), and a mix of animals.