This interactive exhibition is based on a set of animal sculpture parts.
Although quite large, these parts (bodies, legs, tails, heads, etc.) are
light and easy to fix together. By assembling the parts visitors can create
sculptures of ordinary animals and – or make up their own menagerie of
fantasy creatures. It’s possible to build creatures familiar from myths
and fairy-tales (like Minotaur, Pegasus or mermaid) or invent one that
has never been seen before.
The Bestiarium Construendum sculptures look like the relics of antiquity.
The colours and rough surfaces of the rather cumbersome sculptures convey
the feeling of ancient cultures. However, they are supposed to be touched
and played with. Visitors turn the exhibition into a performance, an ever-changing
show. There is always something new being created, the possibilities are
Schoolchildren are most welcome to the exhibition. Groups are shepherded
and helped by students from the art education department of the University
of Art and Design.
A set of toys based on the same idea as the exhibition is being developed
and the first short series will soon be in production (patent pending).
Acknowledgements: Martin Hackenberg, technical support;
Helena Autio-Meloni, Anto Leikola, brochure text; Rami Eskelinen, music.
Supported by: Finnish Cultural Foundation, Arts Council
of Finland, University of Art and Design, Teräs-Kari Oy.
Amos Anderson art museum
30.1. – 7.3.2004 Yrjönkatu 27, Helsinki
© Alexander Reichstein