Artist Fills a Fishing Boat with Stuffed Animals to Shed Light on China's Environmental Issues
Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang has transformed a derelict fishing boat from his hometown of Quanzhou, into a unique public art installation carrying a total of 99 fabricated animals along the famous Bund on the Huangpu River. The project titled "Ninth Wave", sheds light on one of the greatest challenges faced by mankind: Earth’s current environmental and ecological crisis. Via the official press release, "On the boat, tigers, pandas, camels and other animals appear weather-beaten with their heads bowed, as though seasick from the currents of our times. The work was inspired by Russian painter Ivan Aivazovsky’s 1850 eponymous painting, which famously depicted survivors from a shipwreck clinging to a mast as in the last throes of survival, expressing human’s helplessness in the face of nature’s unforgiving forces."