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The Spectacle Of Nature
Dawn

Lila Khosrovian

2015

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. 

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