Rights of Nature
July 8 - October 18, 2015
Hard Metals. Soft Feelings.
Mr. Gilles Falisse, a Belgian sculptor since 30 years, creates sculptures in multi materials such as iron, wood, stone, and metal. He has fascination for animals, and this infatuation is often presented in his works. His house and his garden, which is called "Carnival of Animals", are filled with dinosaurs, birds, horses, bears and other animals of all kinds. 22 pieces works out of his so-called "Zoologilles" collection were collected by the Museum in 2005, and are displayed in the Museum's Global Environment Hall in the name of "Metal Zoo".
Responding to the special exhibition "The Wisdom of the Ancients: Bronze and Metal Ware Production" to the Museum's 30th anniversary, Mr. Gilles Falisse with his works, again, comes to the Museum. This time, Falisse presents his metal series of 'Rights of Nature' on display at the Museum's Oval Plaza, including horses, orangutans, and Formosan clouded leopards..etc.. His masterpiece "The King of Forest", a bronze Formosan clouded leopard made of butts, is unveiled on the exhibition opening day. There is also a white resin replica of 'The King of Forest' at the exhibition entrance for visitors autographing and expressing their concern about Nature, which will even travel with Falisse to New York and London in the future. "My husband loves nature, and as a Taiwanese son-in-law he loves Taiwan, too. He kept asking me about endemic animals of Taiwan, so I encouraged him to produce the Formosa clouded leopard," Falisse's Taiwanese wife Ms. Huang says with a smile.
According to Jean-Paul Guerlain, Falisse stimulates the imagination, showing a reverse reality and sometimes mystery. It dislocates the body, and rebuilt in an "ordered chaos". So it does not suggest movement, it captures it. Each of the elements that make up Falisse's works has its autonomy, its own individual value. "Human has rights. Nature must have rights too," says Falisse at the unveiling ceremony. "It is hoped that the series of 'Rights of Nature' will help people in Taiwan, and on the Globe as well, communicate the value of nature."
"In the series of 'Rights of Nature' we see the bronze element which is the focus in our 'The Wisdom of the Ancients: Bronze and Metal Ware Production' exhibition," says Museum Deputy Director Chou Wen-hao, "It is amazing that human's wisdom has shown in materials science chronologically."
Dr. Chen Shu-chuo, Assistant Curator at the Museum's Anthropology Department, points out, "As we rely on metals in our daily lives more and more, how many of us have thought about preserving nature, and how long haven't we watched animals strolling and birds singing?" Chen notes that Nature, the God's most precious gift to mankind, shouldn't be separated from people's lives by metals. "Falisse tries to awaken people to appreciate Nature's value and preciousness."
Bring your whole family to experience the combination of Nature and art!
- Admission is included with the Museum's gallery tickets.
Rights of Nature is presented by the National Museum of Natural Science, and made possible with the generous support of Mr. Gilles Falisse.