Photo by Alex Jacque, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Creatures of Fierce and Ordinary Reality: a Zoo for Belle Isle by Emily Kutil
“In every case, the figures are at the same time creatures of imagined possibility and creatures of fierce and ordinary reality; the dimensions tangle and require response.”
Renovations to the Zoo since its reinvention have taken this unease into account, building into each exhibit degrees of ambiguity that had been previously unimaginable. A new architecture of oscillating representations has taken the place of the old, static panoramas: as soon as one illusion is staged, another undermines it or takes its place. Real and imagined spaces are allowed to coexist, to blur and conflict. The unresolved fantasies help visitors to wonder about the things they do and don’t understand about humans and other living things.
Forgotten In Time: Detroit's Abandoned Belle Isle Zoo (PHOTOS)