Rossella Biscotti

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Is this work of art meant for people or for animals? Or
for both? 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 der Meer.

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.

Rossella Biscotti