Souvenir of a Tiger

 

Made in response to a visit to London Zoo, for an exhibition entitled “Zoo-a-logical’ at Knapps Gallery, Regents park 2005.

 

Anna used the different colours of the tiger to represent the 4 breeds of tiger, not yet extinct, but the most endangered. Three of these are so rare they are on the critically endangered list – Siberian (or Amurian) with less than 400 (black badges), Sumatran with less than 500 (orange badges), and the South China Tiger with less than 30 (pink badges). The Indo - Chinese Tiger is on the endangered list, with over 1000 left (white badges).

 

One of the reasons for the tiger being threatened is because it is still hunted in the wild for sport, the fur trade and traditional medicine. Often souvenirs are collected from the tigers for the hunters, or to sell, such as teeth and claws. this piece aims to highlight the irony that places like London Zoo sell souvenirs such as badges to help raise funds and awareness of such practices, while in their native countries they sell souvenirs of dead tigers that are contributing to their rapid decline.

 

2000 Badges pinned to canvas

180 x 120 cm