urbanism and nature – pim palsgraaf

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Pim Palsgraaf, Multiscape 13 (2009), taxidermy fox, wood, plastic, model houses

Dutch artist Pim Palsgraaf is concerned with the relationship of the urban environment to the natural environment, the man-made versus the naturally occurring.

Pim Palsgraaf, Multiscape 04 (2007), taxidermy chicken, foam, styrofoam, model houses

These sculptures, entitled Multiscape, were recently exhibited at the MK Galerie in Rotterdam, and continue this theme of the battle between urbanism and mother nature. Palsgraaft drapes found objects over taxidermy animals in a way that suggests ‘tumours of urban growing,’ as he calls it.

Pim Palsgraaf, Multiscape 11 (2009), taxidermy baby deer, wood, foam, model houses

This struggle between what is naturally occurring and the built environment around us can be seen in the burden that weighs on the animals, crippling them and bringing them down.

Pim Palsgraaf, Multiscape 01 (2006), taxidermy fox, wood, foam, styrofoam, model houses, plastic

Palsgraaf aims to show the contradiction between culture and nature, yet in Multiscape it seems that rather that contradicting each other as such, they coexist in an antagonistic relationship, a mutual reciprocity where one feeds off the other in a cycle of give and take.

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