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 lioness, and an ancient female elephant.
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 18th century travel of Clara—the 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 these histories in a playful installation in the park. She does so by using bricks* in her sculptures, play elements from the enrichment zones of Burgers’ Zoo and the footprints of its animals.
(source: catalogue Sonsbeek 2016)