Art takes many forms and means different things to different people. One only has to attend any art museum or study art history to observe that art is defined by culture, circumstances and one's own point of view. Sequoia Park Zoo isn't the first place in northern California one probably thinks of when considering buying a piece of art that was created from repurposed materials. It's time to think again.
In cooperation with Iganyana Arts Centre in Zimbabwe, the Sequoia Park Zoo Gift Shop in Eureka is currently selling pieces of wire that have been intricately woven to create animals that are native to Africa.
Poachers in Zimbabwe use wire snares to catch any and all animals that get trapped by the snares. In an effort to protect animals and raise money for education and wildlife conservation, members of Painted Dog Conservation go into the bush and collect the snares before they can do any damage. These wire contraptions are then used to create both free-standing sculptures and wall hangings of animals like elephants, gemsbok, rhinos and other native animals
The Sequoia Park Zoo has teamed up with Inganyana Arts Centre and Painted Dog Conservation to offer several of these repurposed wire snares to visitors to the zoo's gift shop. According to a press release from the zoo,
“These really are unique works of art that you won’t find anywhere else in the area,” says Foundation Board Member Donna Pace. “We’re ordering new items as fast as we can to keep enough product in stock. It's wonderful—they’re selling so fast!”
Each unique piece of snare wire art brings beauty and the hope of a better understanding of how to preserve and cherish the wildlife of Zimbabwe.
The Sequoia Park Zoo Gift Shop currently has six different types of animal wall ornaments and eight different types of standing animals. Prices range from $25 to $75.
The Sequoia Park Zoo Gift Shop is owned and operated by the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation. The Gift Shop is open during Zoo operating hours: Tuesday—Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and there’s no charge to enter the Gift Shop or Café.
These items would make a perfect gift for animal lovers, art collectors, and anyone who looks at everyday items and thinks of a new use for them. Hurry to the Sequoia Park Zoo Gift Shop soon, before these former wire snares which are now beautiful works of art are all gone.
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