2020 / The Spectacle Of Nature_Dusk
Nature has its own unremitting cycle. She needs no settings, no embellishment. But Americans are no ordinary people. And they did not build such an empire on average representations for satisfactory feelings sake. They hit hard and they went for the extraordinary, the amazing, the incredible. In everything.
The amount of adjectives to describes these feelings are as immense as the energy they put in creating such marking settings. They may have one of the most impressive industries of entertainment and excel in transforming mundane into spectacular. I came across a few places where entertainment had been built around nature. Zoos, Botanical Gardens, Nature Themed Parks, Natural History Museums, and I was amazed at how much care and creativity was put into building outstanding settings to fit these expositions. Murals narrate stories of the wild jungle, there are sounds here and there of a bird that isn’t there, subtle lights, sophisticated scenery recreating with impressive accuracy the original surroundings of the animal, the plant we’re observing. Plastic plants stand alongside real animals, real flowers accompany embalmed animals.
The spectacle of nature is offered manipulated by human hands, in all the glory it can have, in a cage.